High-profile United Kingdom political defection highlights Brexit schism

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2019

It gained only 3.4% of the vote in the European elections.

A Lib Dem leadership candidate is read highly critical comments about the party made by the MP who recently defected to them.

But Tom continued with another 2017 quote where Mr Umunna said: "What the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have done to our public services since 2010 and the cuts to support on those on low incomes, the disabled and others in need is unforgiveable".

Unfortunately for Umunna, there is a massive trail of embarrassing tweets and Facebook posts, some as recent as April 2017, where he slams the Lib Dems for enabling austerity whilst in coalition with the Tories.

Reports from the press conference suggested more MPs could follow Mr Umunna and join the Lib Dems this weekend, and not just former members of Change UK.

"If you want to end austerity you can not do that if you are going to sponsor Brexit in the way that the two main parties are doing", Umunna added.

The former shadow business secretary quit Labour in February this year to join the new Independent group, which became Change UK ahead of the European elections last month.

British MP Chuka Umunna has received a savage response on social media, after revealing he has joined the Liberal Democrats, despite having once declared he "wouldn't be caught dead" wearing the party's rosette.

They subsequently left The Independent Group for Change following splits within the party, and sat as Independent MPs.

It pledged to push for any Brexit deal negotiated by the government to be voted on at a referendum - or "People's Vote" - in which it would campaign for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU.

As a Labour MP, Mr Umunna launched a leadership bid in the 2015 contest eventually won by Jeremy Corbyn, but withdrew three days later saying he was "uncomfortable" with the publicity.

Jo Swinson said the Lib Dems were "the rallying point for people who want to stop Brexit and fight the climate crisis", while Ed Davey praised the Streatham MP's "huge courage".

Various old tweets from the former Labour and Change UK politician were resurfaced after Mr Umunna announced he would be representing a third party in the space of a year.

"Put your huge popularity to the good people of Streatham. let's have a PV [People's Vote] on you and your principles".

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