Nick Boles could be committing 'political suicide', says association chairman
The chairman of the local Conservative association says Grantham MP Nick Boles is potentially committing 'political suicide' after he said he would vote against the Government on a 'no deal' Brexit.
Philip Sagar, chairman of the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association, says Mr Boles has gone too far in his remarks and there are already calls for his deselection.
Mr Boles said yesterday he would resign the party whip and vote against the government if there was a vote on a 'no deal' Brexit.
Mr Sagar said: "For Nick to fall in line now with the likes of Anna Soubry and threaten (but not in so many words) to potentially bring down the government is not in my view patriotic but is sadly only an act of personal political suicide if indeed he were to actually go ahead and do it and I am sorry that he felt the need to make this threat at all - it is not helpful to the debate."
Mr Sagar added: "Whilst I know Nick is sincere is his belief that a 'no deal' Brexit would be bad for our country's economy and jobs and that at all costs a disorderly Brexit must be avoided, I fear his twitter post of yesterday has gone too far in threatening to 'immediately resign the Conservative whip and vote in anyway necessary to stop it happening' if no deal becomes government policy.
"It will and has already reignited the calls for his deselection from party members and ex-party members, many of whom have already contacted me. Unlike Anna Soubry, Nick said immediately after the referendum that he got the message from his employers - his constituents - and that he would work to achieve a successful Brexit. To date he has consistently voted to give effect to the referendum decision, he voted for Article 50 and the Withdrawal Bill and has been instrumental in trying to find an alternative solution to the current impasse by coming up with a plan B that could command the support of Parliament when Theresa May's less-than-perfect deal fails, as it surely will. I have been mostly happy to support his pragmatism to date.
"Whilst I voted leave, mainly because of Project fear and the Osbourne threats of punishment budgets (I never wanted to be part of a Federal Europe only a common market that I voted for in '75), I think David Cameron’s timing and reasons for calling the referendum were suspect and selfish to say the least. I am though pragmatic and recognise that we were never going to get the easy deal we were promised by some. Unfortunately the EU has behaved as I feared it would with its arrogant high handed and at times disrespectful treatment of our Prime Minister.
"They are in no mood to compromise further, why should they, as they see a divided predominantly remain Parliament that has vowed not to allow a 'no deal' Brexit. The recent, and unusually speedy ECJ ruling that the UK can withdraw Article 50 and remain a member with existing benefits is clearly part of their plan to get us to stay by pushing the people towards another vote or a General Election as they believe our media accurately reflects a change in attitude and that we will vote to stay.
"So far our media and the majority of our MPs have unwittingly colluded and played their part to a tee including now I am afraid my friend and our MP Nick. A 'no deal' threat now is probably too late in the day but what else can we do if we are to get the Europeans to take us seriously and at the last minute offer some more concessions especially on the hated and humiliating 'back stop'. They have a long history of 11th hour dealing."