Noel Whelan: Brexit has broken Tory and Labour party loyalty

The mood in Britain has to favour the successful emergence of a new political entity

Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston, three former Tory MPs who have quit the party over its Brexit strategy, take their seats on the opposition benches at the House of Commons. Video: UK Parliament TV

I have quoted here before the adage from a former boss of mine, the polite version of which goes “sometimes there is so much dirt in the political pipes that in order to clear the blockages either a leadership change or a general election is required”.

Curiously neither of these options is currently available in British politics. As a consequence the party system itself is malfunctioning. Brexit has broken the bonds of party loyalty on both the Conservative and Labour side, and both are now leaking MPs.

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