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  • A Conservative MP, who this week quit the European Research Group of Conservative Eurosceptics, has said opponents of the deal could now see the party “decimated.”
  • Daniel Kawczynski told Business Insider: “These ERG MPs are holding us to ransom. If this continues as it is the Conservative party will be decimated.”
  • He accuses ERG members of holding sexist views about the prime minister.
  • The ERG, which is chaired by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, has helped defeat Theresa May’s deal three times.

LONDON — Conservative MPs who have led the opposition to Theresa May‘s Withdrawal now risk causing the party to be “decimated,” a former member of the hardline pro-Brexit European Research Group, has told Business Insider.

Daniel Kawczynski MP, who quit the ERG this week, told Business Insider that: “These ERG MPs are holding us to ransom. If this continues as it is the Conservative party will be decimated. Who the hell is standing up to them? They are out of control.”

Speaking to Business Insider, Kawczynski said “recalcitrant MPs” in the ERG were “destroying the reputation of the Conservative party.”

“If this national humiliation goes on and we don’t get this deal across the line, we will be punished, and we will lose credibility for a generation,” he said.

He accused members of the group of showing “a huge amount of arrogance” and of being “millionaires in safe seats who think they will be cushioned from any catastrophic fall-out” from leaving with no deal.

He also accused his former colleagues of holding sexist views about the prime minister.

“I think there’s some misogynism there. There’s some at play,” he said.

The MP for Shrewsbury voted against the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement twice before switching to support it in March. Read more

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