Former cabinet minister says 'it will be hard' for her to vote Conservative

Justine Greening in the Central Lobby as she walks back to the House of Commons after the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament ceremony in London.
Justine Greening at the State Opening of Parliament ceremony in London. (PA)

Justine Greening has said it will be “hard for her” to vote Conservative at the upcoming general election.

Asked by BBC Radtio 5 Live host Emma Barnett whether she would vote for the Tories in the upcoming December poll, the former Education Secretary cited Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as her main cause for concern.

“I certainly don’t want to see us getting on with what I think will be a very damaging deal for Britain,” she said.

“So it would be very hard for me to vote for the Conservatives if I’m looking at what they stand for on Brexit.”

“Brexit is part of what will drive how I vote along with millions of other people. It’s not the whole story.

“I’m still a centre-right Conservative-minded voter and indeed politician.

“But I have had a fundamental difference with my party on Brexit and so, like many people in the country, I’m going to have to weigh it up.”


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Ms Greening added that many people will look at all the mainstream parties and think “I’m not sure I want any of them”.

She stopped short, however, of saying whether she herself would vote for either Labour or the Lib Dems.

Asked what she would like to see happen on Brexit, Ms Greening proposed a second referendum with voters asked to choose between Remain and Boris Johnson’s deal.

Last month Ms Greening had the whip removed for her disagreement with the party on Brexit and said on Tuesday she “finds it hard to trust” the Prime Minister.

The arch-Remainer, who has called for a second referendum on the issue of Brexit, has announced she is quitting as a Conservative MP, saying she will not stand for the party at the next election.

She has previously maintained that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered the country a “lose-lose” with the election.

Ms Greening resigned from the Cabinet in January 2018, having being removed from her post as education secretary during a reshuffle by then prime minister Theresa May.

She had been given the job in July 2016 and was also made minister for women and equalities.

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