Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles has quit the Conservative party following his motion for staying in the single market being rejected.
The Lincolnshire MP resigned from PM Theresa May’s governing party and will now sit as an Independent Progressive Conservative.
In the House of Commons on April 1, Boles said: “I have given everything to attempt and find a compromise that can take this country out of the European Union, while containing our economic strength and our political cohesion.
“I accept that I have failed. I have failed, chiefly, because my party refuses to compromise.
“I regret, therefore, to announce that I can no longer sit for this party.”
In a tweet following this announcement, Nick Boles said: “I am resigning the Conservative whip with immediate effect.
“The Conservative Party has shown itself to be incapable of compromise so I will sit as an Independent Progressive Conservative.”
Boles had issued a motion for the ‘Common Market 2.0: Remaining in the European single market and seeking a temporary customs union with the EU’, however 283 MPs voted against this motion, with only 188 voting for his plan on March 27, and then lost by 282 votes to 261 during another meeting on April 1.
Questions are now being raised as to whether a by-election should be held in Grantham and Stamford following Boles’ resignation from the party.