Lincolnshire MEP Annunziata Rees-Mogg — sister of the Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg — has quit the Brexit Party today.
Annunziata, who lives near Skegness, is now backing the Conservative Party.
She said: “We need a strong leave-supporting government to deliver the Brexit 17.4 million voted for. The Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike.”
A further two Brexit Party MEPs also quit today. They are Lance Forman who represents London, and Lucy Harris, who represents Yorkshire and the Humber.
This follows the sacking of MEP John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, for “repeatedly undermining” the election strategy of party leader Nigel Farage.
Annunziata Rees-Mogg says it is "tragic" that members of her former party are "now the very people risking Brexit", as she quits the Brexit Party to back the Conservativeshttps://t.co/GVdPkIAUdP pic.twitter.com/8qFvh0crKj
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Nigel Farage has hit out at the three MEPs who quit the party and are now urging voters to back the Conservatives.
He told the BBC that Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lance Forman and Lucy Harris had strong personal links to the Tories.
But the MEPs say the Brexit Party’s participation in the election will split the Leave vote.