Three MPs quit UK governing party over Brexit

Former Conservative Party and now Independent MPs Anna Soubry (middle row C standing), Heidi Allen (middle 4R seated) and Sarah Wollaston (middle row 3R standing) being greeted to their seats by the former Labour Party members of the new Independent Group of MPs in the House of Commons in London. (AFP)

Three MPs quit Britain's governing Conservatives on Wednesday over Brexit, saying the issue had "re-defined" the party and was "undoing all the efforts to modernise it".

The trio said they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour lawmakers who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, resigned from the main opposition party this week to form the new Independent Group.

"It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of the party," Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston said in a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.

"We no longer feel we can remain in the party of a government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP," the MPs stated, referring to the European Research Group, a pro-Brexit faction of Conservative lawmakers, and the party's Democratic Unionist allies from Northern Ireland.

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