The Brexit Party’s only Scottish MEP leaves because of a homophobic candidate

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Louis Stedman-Bryce stepped down after the party allowed an openly homophobic candidate, Victor Farrell, to be selected for the general election. Farrell called LGBT people Sodomites and perverts, saying there is a war between him and this community, which, he believes, “has no God in their lives”. “The Brexit Party’s recent decision to select a Scottish candidate who has openly posted homophobic views across social media is not only a betrayal of the LGBT community, but also a betrayal of everyone who believes such divisive and hateful views have no place in our society,” Stedman-Bryce, who is an out gay man himself, wrote in the statement. He also noted that he still believes in the idea of Brexit and he will continue to push it forward without the party, as an independent candidate. Stedman-Bryce was elected as the Brexit Party’s Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland in July. “The perception out there is that we’re white, we’re homophobic, we’re definitely racist and we didn’t know what we voted for,” he said after becoming a candidate in April, “I stand before you as a gay black man and I can definitely tell you I know what I was voting for when I voted for Brexit.”

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