Salmon smoker MEP quits Brexit Party

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Lance Forman from H Forman and Son, was elected MEP for London in May.

Forman – owner of East London’s last remaining original salmon smokehouses – has resigned along with three other Brexit Party MEPs in a bid to back Conservative leader Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, it was announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Dubbed the Brexit Party’s “Gang of Four”, MEPs Annunziata Rees-Mog, John Longworth, Lance Forman and Lucy Harris cited that in a letter that Nigel Farage’s party had “taken a wrong turn and is itself putting Brexit in jeopardy”.

The Brexit-supporting salmon smoker started in his MEP position on 2 July. On his role, he told SalmonBusiness in September that: “I’ve been making people aware of how wasteful and undemocratic the EU is. And reinforcing why people were right to vote to leave the EU, and those who didn’t, making them aware of why we should.”

Forman had initially hoped his new career in politics would have ended after the last official leave date on the 31st October – but that didn’t happen. It’s now been three and a half years since Britain voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum.