MEP calls for general election following ‘coronation’ of a new Conservative prime minister

Molly has joined calls for a general election following the withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom from the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. Molly also wants to see a progressive alliance that will agree to fight the election on a platform of electoral reform and building a positive relationship with Europe following the EU referendum. She said:

“The Leave and Remain campaigns were a seething mass of conflicting opinions based on more or less reliable information. The Conservative manifesto merely included the fact that there would be a referendum. The government had no plans for what the post Brexit scenario might look like. Add to this the fact that our new prime minister was elected by just 330 Tory MPs and you have a recipe for more unstable and illegitimate government. Given that the referendum was fought largely on the basis of the issue of sovereignty this will only compound the sense of anger in the country and further undermine the foundations of our democracy.

“In little more than a year the Conservatives have created mayhem and division. It is totally unacceptable to leave them to take sole charge of negotiating our future. The vote to leave the EU implies nothing in terms of a domestic mandate. We need a general election so that different views of the future we want to build together can be debated. We need progressive pro-European voices from Labour, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru working together to prevent the formation of a Tory-UKIP-DUP government seeking to enact an ultra-right Brexit scenario. We also need to capitalize on the renewed sense of political engagement the referendum has fostered and introduce proportional representation for elections to make sure from this point forward all votes count.”