Sir Nicholas Soames, whose grandfather, Winston Churchill led Britain to victory in World War II, faces being booted from Conservative Party for opposing the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan.
Soames, 71, told The Sun he would keep fighting against the government to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Even if he backs down, several pro-EU members including the leader of the Labour Party, have warned they will keep fighting the government to stop a no-deal.
Soames claims that the late Margaret Thatcher who was a former Conservative leader and prime minister, also would not have supported a no-deal Brexit.
“I guarantee Margaret Thatcher wouldn’t have taken the UK out of the European Union,” he said.
Soames, who is the youngest of Winston Churchill’s five children, appeared worn out on Tuesday as he declined to say any word to a reporter, snapping, “Oh, go away, for God’s sake! Stop being such a bore,” the Mirror reported.
There is no doubt that the Brexit is threatening the relationship between the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Churchills. Johnson, who had repeatedly expressed his admiration of Winston Churchill is now faced with uphill task of winning the loyalty of Churchill’s grandson and several others who oppose the no-deal Brexit.
In his admiration of Churchill, Boris Johnson had published a biography in 2014 titled “The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History.”
In the introduction, Johnson, then mayor of London, wrote: “When I was growing up there was no doubt about it. Churchill was quite the greatest statesman that Britain had ever produced,” according to the Times of London.
“From a very early age I had a pretty clear idea of what he had done: he had led my country to victory against all the odds and against one of the most disgusting tyrannies the world has seen.”
But Soames has rejected any comparisons of Johnson to his grandfather.
“I don’t buy the theory that Boris is masquerading as Churchill,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I think he admires my grandfather greatly and that he sees the great lessons to be learned from Churchill’s life,” he added. “I’m not Winston Churchill, nor is anyone else for that matter.”
Winston Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.
Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was a member of the Liberal Party.