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Senior lawmaker quits UK ruling party over Brexit failure

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Conservative MP Nick Boles speaking in the House of Commons in London on April 1, 2019, following the outcome of the second round of indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. (AFP photo)

A senior lawmaker of the British parliament has decided to leave the Conservative Party over what he calls a lack of compromise on how the ruling party should lead Britain out of the European Union.

Nick Boles, a former minister, said late on Monday after his proposal for a softer Brexit was defeated in the House of Commons that the Tory party was no longer the one he once stood for its values.

“I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” said Boles while his voice was cracked with emotion.

“I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise that can take this country out of the European Union while maintaining our economic strength and our political cohesion,” said the lawmaker before walking out of the Commons chamber.

Boles had submitted one of several alternative Brexit options to a Commons vote after a Brexit deal of government was rejected in the chamber three times.

The parliamentary row over Brexit has triggered a massive political chaos in Britain with politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition Labour Party deciding to defect over lack of unity on the issue.

Nine Labour lawmakers quit the party in February over Brexit and other issues with the party’s leadership. The move was swiftly replicated by three Tories who said they would sit in the Commons as independent MPs like Labour peers.

Experts say the defections, relatively rare and unprecedented in the British politics, are a sign a controversial Brexit referendum in June 2016 in which Britons narrowly voted to leave the EU continues to divide the nation along political and social lines.

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