Fervent supporter of a new referendum on Brexit, Sam Gyimah was very critical of Boris Johnson, who threatens to leave the EU on October 31 with or without agreement.
New snub for Boris Johnson. Sam Gyimah, a former minister of Theresa May's government, joined the Liberal Democratic Party at its annual conference in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England.
The British Conservative Prime Minister "Boris Johnson offers hard choice to moderate and progressive Conservative Party members: accept a Brexit without agreement or leave public life"said Mr. Gyimah. "I choose to continue fighting for the values I have always believed in as a liberal democrat", he said.
Sixth Conservative member of the Liberal Democrats
His defection came a few days after Conservative MP Phillip Lee lost Boris Johnson to an absolute majority in parliament. Sam Gyimah is the sixth member to join the Liberal Democratic Party this year, which now has 18 seats in the Commons, out of 650. "It is clear that the liberal democrats are the meeting point for those who want to stay in the EU"responded party leader Jo Swinson.
Gyimah resigned last year from Theresa May's government because of disagreements over his strategy to get Britain out of the European Union. A strong supporter of a new referendum on Brexit, he was very critical of Boris Johnson, who threatens to leave the EU on October 31 with or without agreement on exit conditions.
The 43-year-old former minister, once considered a rising star of his party, briefly stood against Johnson in June to head the party.