Douglas Carswell, the MP for Clacton, has quit UKIP meaning that the party now has no representation in the House of Commons.
“I switched to UKIP because I desperately wanted us to leave the EU. Now we can be certain that that is going to happen, I have decided that I will be leaving UKIP”.
He added on an interview with the BBC that he wouldn’t be calling a by-election as it wasn’t his intention to rejoin any party and that he would sit as an independent MP.
Paul Nuttall, the Leader of UKIP, said:
“UKIP has not benefited financially or organisationally from having Douglas in Westminster. With this in mind, his departure will make no difference to my ability or focus on delivering the reforms I promised when elected as leader”.
Nigel Farage, the former Leader of UKIP, said:
“Carswell has jumped before he was pushed. He was never UKIP and sought to undermine us. He should have gone some time ago”.
The full text of Douglas Carswell’s resignation statement is available at http://www.ukpol.co.uk/douglas-carswell-2017-statement-on-leaving-ukip/.