Three members of UK Conservative party quit over 'disastrous handling of Brexit'

Three lawmakers from the United Kingdom's Conservative party quit Wednesday over the “disastrous handling of Brexit” by the government, Reuters reported.

The departure of the lawmakers, who have long been critical of plans to leave the European Union, is a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to unite her party around Brexit.

"The final straw for us has been this government’s disastrous handling of Brexit,” the three lawmakers — Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston — wrote in a letter to 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,” they said, referring to Conservative pro-Brexit lawmakers and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party which props up the government in Parliament.

The three lawmakers will join a new party formed Monday by seven members who resigned from the left-leaning Labour Party over concerns about how their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was approaching Brexit.

Those seven who formed the new party, as well as one more who left Labour, all also expressed concern over the handling of anti-Semitism in the group.

May said the Conservative resignations saddened her but that she would push on for Brexit, according to Reuters.

“But by ... implementing the decision of the British people we are doing the right thing for our country,” she added.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, whether or not they have adopted an exit strategy.

May's most recent Brexit plan was crushed last month by both Euro-skeptics and EU supporters alike for being the worst of both worlds.