Brexit news: Backlash as Lord Heseltine vows to ‘defend’ Tory values and ‚fight’ Brexit | UK | News


Brexit news: Backlash as Lord Heseltine vows to ‘defend' Tory values and 'fight' Brexit | UK | News

Lord Heseltine had the Tory whip removed in May, after saying he would vote for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections due to his anti-Brexit stance. Despite having the whip removed, Lord Heseltine vowed to “defend the values” learnt from Winston Churchill and “every British prime minister”. The ‘People’s Vote’ supporter told Channel 4 News: “I have given my life to the Conservative Party.

“They can kick me out, but as long as I have the breath to utter, I will defend the values that I learned from Winston Churchill on through every British Prime Minister.

“I will defend the values and the political philosophy upon which my life has been built. If my party wants me to go, that is up to them.

“But I will survive to the best of my ability to give light and hope to a new generation of people and I will urge them to stay and fight.”

News presenter Krishna Guru-Murthy asked: “If Boris Johnson just refuses to follow the law and refuses to sign that letter, what happens?”

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Lord Heseltine replied: “The law is the law, whether you are Prime Minister or the lowest and most impoverished citizen in the country. And there are no exceptions to this.

“You can’t say, well he’s bigger than everybody else, or he’s a nice guy, or he makes funny jokes, and therefore we don’t care. Once you step down that road, what does a tyrant do next?

“They get away with it once, they’ll get away with it twice. So you either believe in the sanctity of the law, and the law is the ultimate defence of the rights of every single one of us against tyranny, cruelty, abuse – whatever it may be.

“So if a Tory can’t understand that, how on earth can anybody else be expected to understand it?

A third added: “Fight what? We have to leave the EU, the people spoke.”

The comments come as the Conservative MPs who were expelled this week from the Tory Party are now preparing legal action, incase Mr Johnson refuses to seek a delay to Brexit, the BBC has reported.

An opposition bill which would force Mr Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension to Britain’s departure to avoid a no-deal Brexit on October 31 was approved by the House of Lords on Friday. The Queen is expected to sign it into law on Monday.

Mr Johnson said last week he has no intention of seeking an extension and would rather „die in a ditch” than delay Brexit.

The Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying he was only bound „in theory” by the new legislation.

Meanwhile Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, said opposition parties are „absolutely united” in opposing a general election until the „threat” of a no-deal Brexit is „eliminated”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said: „We’ve not responded to the goads of the Prime Minister to try and call a general election now because we know that there is too much risk attached to that. We cannot risk a no-deal Brexit.”


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