Weston MP John Penrose rules himself out of Tory leadership battle

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 June 2016

Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose backed calls to remain within the EU.

Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose backed calls to remain within the EU.

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Britain may be less rich as a result of the EU referendum result, but will be more free, according to Weston-super-Mare’s MP John Penrose.

Mr Penrose had argued in favour of remaining in the European Union ahead of the vote, but 52 per cent of people in North Somerset said the UK should leave.

He said: “I’m a democrat first and foremost so I believe we have to come together as a country and make our collective decision work as best we can.

“I doubt there will be many immediate changes, but over the long term I think we will be a little less rich than we would have been, but perhaps a bit more free.”

Mr Penrose had supported David Cameron’s EU reforms ahead of the vote, and said he was ‘very sad’ about the Prime Minister’s subsequent resignation.

He said: “He’s been a good and skilful leader in some extremely difficult times. The country owes him a lot.”

Mr Penrose said he would not consider running for the leadership himself. When asked who he thought would be a good successor to Mr Cameron, he said: “Wait and see.”

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