Tory MP compares the government's Brexit position to a 'last letter to a mother from a soldier'

Darren Richman
Saturday 03 August 2019 10:45

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has had his say on the government’s Brexit position during a recent appearance on Newsnight.

Ellwood, an advocate to remain in the European Union, had this to say:

I’ve served in operation environments and you’re made to write a will before you go out there. Some of us even write a letter to our mother you hope will never be posted. You do these things because they might happen but you absolutely hope they won’t and they probably won’t.

The Newsnight host, Mark Urban, somewhat incredulous, responded by asking if Ellwood was now comparing the government’s Brexit position to the 'last letter to a mother from a soldier?' Which, as should have been obvious, was exactly what he was doing.

Ellwood previously served in the Royal Green Jackets and reached the rank of captain. In 2017, during a terrorist attack on Parliament, he gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR to police officer Keith Palmer. For his bravery, Ellwood was appointed to the Privy Council.

There has been some talk that the MP could be in the running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party but for now he’s happy to sit on the sidelines throwing out the occasional evocative metaphor.

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