Baroness Warsi quits Leave camp over 'lies and xenophobia'

Written by Josh May on 20 June 2016 in Diary

Anti-immigration poster spurs Baroness Warsi defection to Remain

Former Conservative chairwoman Baroness Warsi has announced she is switching allegiance to back remaining in the EU – but many Leave campaigners have been left surprised that she was ever supporting Brexit.

The Tory peer told The Times Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration poster depicting refugees in Slovenia had been the trigger for her decision.

She said: “That ‘Breaking Point’ poster really was – for me – the breaking point to say, ‘I can’t go on supporting this’.

"Are we prepared to tell lies, to support hate and xenophobia just to win a campaign? For me that’s a step too far.”

She went on to accuse Leave campaigner Michael Gove of propagating “complete lies” about Turkey’s potential accession to the EU, and said she did not want “the Leave camp to be running this country”.

“I look at that group of people and I think they’re not the kind of people I’d get on a night bus with,” Baroness Warsi added.

She is the second high-profile Conservative to swap sides, following Sarah Wollaston’s defection earlier in the month.

Baroness Warsi had not made a public declaration in favour of Vote Leave, but did send out a tweet suggesting her support for the official Brexit campaign.

Vote Leave, however, claimed to have been left confused by the news and said they were not aware that Baroness Warsi had been on their side.

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