LONDON — A Conservative MP has been recorded describing the prospect of UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at an event in London.
Anne Marie Morris, Tory MP for Newton Abbot in Devon since 2010, made the remark while talking on a panel of eurosceptic MPs.
Morris made the remark while discussing how Brexit will impact financial services but fellow panellists Conservative MPs John Redwood and Bill Cash made no reaction, the Huffington Post reports.
Morris said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.
“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”
Speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg today, Morris said: “The comment was totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”
A Conservative Party spokesperson said today that the language was “completely unacceptable” and the party is urgently investigating.
Listen to the recording of Morris here:
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament
“The Conservative party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today. Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so-called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.”
This is a developing story…
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