New Brexit Party candidate calls suspension of Parliament ‘legitimate’
PUBLISHED: 10:40 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:26 30 August 2019
The Brexit Party’s new candidate for North Norfolk says Boris Johnson is using “legitimate parliamentary techniques” by suspending Parliament as a means of pushing through plans to leave the EU.
And Harry Gywnne, who plans to contest the seat for Nigel Farage's party, said he believed a general election could happen soon.
Mr Gywnne, 32, said: "[The prime minister] is using legitimate parliamentary techniques the same way the remainers in parliament have been doing over the past three years since the referendum.
"I think it's fairly likely there will be an election soon. If Boris Johnson was leaving with no deal he will probably try to put off a general election, but it depends if he can win a vote of no confidence."
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Mr Gwynne was born in London and lives in Brentford in the city's west. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Oxford, which sparked his interest in politics and how societies are organised.
He worked as a consultant and researcher for Vote Leave and founded 3rd Chamber, an 'online direct democracy social network that allows everybody to be part of the democratic process'.
He said: "My passion is online democracy. I don't believe in 50 years time we will be putting a piece of paper in a box."
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Mr Gwynne said he got to know north Norfolk when growing up because family friends lived there and it has "always held a very special place in my heart."
He said his parents lived in the area and he spent a "significant amount" of time there each year. He said he lived in Blakeney for more than two years.
He said: "Local issues are very important and as an MP I will get to grips with those as well as anyone."
Mr Gwynne is the head of business development at a tech and events company, and is also a regenerative property developer specialising in churches.
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He said he was "proud and excited" to be part of the Brexit Party.
"When we first joined the EU or its predecessor it was sold as something that would not affect our sovereignty at all, but over the years we have seen more control given up," he said.
"We are running [the party] like a tech start up, and there's a lot of energy to it."
Mr Gwynne said reforming democracy and the House of Lords, making the BBC licence fee optional and scrapping HS2 were among the party's priorities other than Brexit.
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