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10th Jul 2022

British PM candidate shares bizarre proposal to form alliance with “Viking parliaments”, including Ireland

Hugh Carr

Tugendhat Ireland

Tugendhat made the proposal as a proposition to tackle issues caused by Brexit.

As the race to find a successor to Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister continues, one potential candidate has made a bizarre proposal to help the country deal with issues caused by Brexit.

Tom Tugendhat made the suggestion during an interview on Sky News’ “Sophy Ridge on Sunday” programme this morning (10 July).

The MP for Tonbridge and Malling was asked to clarify comments he made earlier in the week about the “full advantages of Brexit” that were yet to be “unleashed”.

“If you manage to get a clean start, if you actually get out of the psychodrama we’ve been in for the last few years, what you get is you can finally pull this country together,” Tugendhat began.

“I can point to communities like Newcastle and Durham that are demonstrating the extraordinary growth of tech industries that have been constrained.

“I can point to you to economic opportunities of south-east Asia and the different ways in which we can build relationships.

“I can point to you the Viking parliaments of Ireland and Iceland, to Sweden and Norway, not all in the European Union, and point to ways we can work together in different ways, and that’s what I’ve been working on. That’s exactly the new kind of alliances that I’ve been building on, because we can’t be going around this buoy again and again.”

Tugendhat is one of several Conservative MPs looking to take Boris’ seat at the head of the table once he resigns from his leadership role in August.

Johnson made the announcement outside 10 Downing Street shortly after midday on Thursday (7 July), saying no one in politics is “remotely indispensable” and that the “herd had moved”.

Johnson said the UK’s “brilliant Darwinian system will produce another leader” who he will give as much support as he can.

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