Crawley MP Henry Smith has publicly declined an invitation from Number 10 to watch England play a historic match against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
The Conservative MP expressed his concern that attending the screening at Downing Street would be ‘a bad omen for football coming home’.
This comes after David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, both resigned. Henry’s reaction has caught the attention of the national press and has been featured in a number of newspapers.
It was then revealed this morning that two Conservative Party vice-chairs left their roles, and hitting out against PM Theresa May in the process.
Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield both criticised plans to keep close ties with Europe after Brexit.
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said:
“Being tied to EU regulations and the EU tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds,
“If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10.”
Speaking out on Twitter, Henry Smith said:
“Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home…I’ll pass.”
Received this invite to watch tomorrow’s England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street. Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home…I’ll pass. pic.twitter.com/1BjH6uczZG
— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) July 10, 2018
The invitation was sent out by Chief Whip, Julian Smith, by ‘kind permission of the Prime Minister’. MP for Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith responded to the Crawley MP’s tweet of rejection.
“Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome.”
Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome. https://t.co/k1t8Bsw06o
— Julian Smith MP (@JulianSmithUK) July 10, 2018
But Henry was quick to once again snub the offer.
— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) July 10, 2018
With a voter turnout of 73.2%, Crawley residents voted 58.4% in favour of leaving the EU. The Crawley MP recently spoke of his commitment to working for his ‘constituents and country first’:
“Last year I stood on an election promise to deliver the British people’s 2016 referendum decision (by the largest number in our democratic history) to leave the EU, ECJ, Customs Union, Single Market and open border access. I work for my constituents and country first, and always.”
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The Twitter spat is a clear demonstration of the divide that has emerged in the Tory Party.
Does this then mean the Crawley MP will be watching Crawley’s Gareth Southgate’s team on a screen in a pub… in Crawley?
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Crawley MP Henry Smith joins other Conservatives in a show of ‘no confidence’ in Theresa May
It was always going to be a crazy day in politics but now Crawley’s own MP has added his own feelings into the mix.
Whether you are a brexiteer or a remainer one thing that unites everyone today is the fascination of what is happening up at Westminster.
Following last nights release of the 500 page draft withdrawal agreement, the political world has been in turmoil as resignations, letters of no confidence and more outspoken politicians than ever before hit the broadcasters teleprompters.
Now Crawley’s own MP Henry Smith has joined other conservatives like Jacob Rees-Mogg in submitting a letter of no confidence in their leader Theresa May.
My letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/Bind9T7ogO
— Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧 (@HenrySmithUK) November 15, 2018
Speaking publicly on social media this morning Mr Smith said:
“I work for my constituents and country, on reading the document, Theresa May’s Brexit strategy works for neither. A majority voted to leave the EU, this deal on offer does in name only by maintaining the bloc’s jurisdiction, limiting our global scope and theatening UK integrity.
Despite the establishment’s might, project fear and over twice as much spent by Remain, a largest majority ever in UK poll history voted for Brexit (58% in #Crawley). Along with 588 MPs sitting today, I stood at the last election on a manifesto promise to respect the referendum.
Listening to the Prime Minister’s statement on her Brexit deal. One Labour MP characterised the 17.4 million of Briton’s who voted to leave the EU as extremists. It’s clear many in the Opposition want to reverse the referendum, with a few honourable exceptions.”
At time of publication there had been four resignations and only time will tell if that number increases.
Stay tuned, this is going to be a bumpy ride for all.