Pro-‘Refugee’ Tory Rebel Quits Parliament Over Govt. Brexit Stance

Backbench Tory rebel Stephen Phillips has resigned from parliament, citing “significant policy differences” between himself and the government. The former Tory MP, who represented the strongly Euroskeptic constituency of Sleaford and North Hyekham in Lincolnshire, has been very vocal in his belief that parliament should have a say in how and whether Brexit goes ahead. The MP recently went to the Guardian to vent his annoyance at the government’s handling of Brexit. Phillips accused Theresa May of trying to “ignore the views” of parliament by not allowing the overwhelmingly pro-Remain House of Commons more of a say in negotiations on the country’s divorce from Brussels. This is “fundamentally undemocratic, unconstitutional and cuts across the rights and privileges of the legislature”, according to the MP, who was elected in 2010. In a statement today on his resignation, he said: “It has become clear to me over the last few months that my growing and very significant policy differences with the current government mean that I am unable properly to represent the people who elected me. “This decision has been a difficult one and I hope that everyone will respect the fact that I have tried to act in the best interests of