Although I have rather surprisingly received no direct communication, it is my understanding that the Prime Minister has decided to withdraw the Conservative Party whip from me, along with 21 of my colleagues.
Unless and until the situation changes, I will therefore be sitting as an independent conservative MP for Beaconsfield. As such, I will continue to do my best to uphold conservative principles in my work in Parliament, as well as providing a service to my constituents.
While I am sorry that my membership of the Conservative Party should be ended by the Prime Minister in this fashion after 48 years, and over 22 years in Parliament, I believe that my opposition to a ‘no deal’ Brexit which has prompted this rupture is the only course of action open to me with a clear conscience. A ‘no deal’ Brexit threatens the economic well-being, national security and, indeed, the survival of the United Kingdom as a united state in an exceptionally dangerous fashion. Working to prevent this outcome is a duty that cannot be abandoned.
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield