Evening Standard - Brexit news: 'My marriage is over because I voted to leave the EU', says NHS doctor

A gynaecologist has told how his marriage has been left in tatters because he voted for Brexit.

The NHS consultant said his marriage was destroyed because he voted to Leave the EU, while his wife, a German doctor, backed Remain. 

Speaking to staunch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and Remain-backing former spin doctor Alastair Campbell who were visiting Lewisham with Channel 4 this week, the man described how he “naively” voted to Leave because he thought it would lead to more money for the NHS.

He said his wife was “devastatingly betrayed” when she discovered how he had voted and that it triggered the end of their marriage.

The doctor said: “I regret it [my vote] so much, it breaks my heart talking about it.”

He went on: “I very naively voted to leave and my wife casually asked me one evening what my voting decision was and I put it into a very succinct situation, I told her what I did and it was like lighting the blue touch paper and standing back.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone who felt so devastatingly betrayed, upset, let down. And we’ve got two daughters, 15 and 18. As far as I’m concerned that was the end of a very successful marriage.”

Tory MP Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Well the story you tell is incredible sad and heartrending for you. There’s very little I can say on that side of it. “

He said that Prime Minister Theresa May had made a “great mistake” after the referendum in not making it clear that all EU nationals who were in the UK were not only entitled to stay but were welcomed to.

After the encounter, Mr Campbell said: "One of those memorable moments in life. In a cafe with Jacob Rees-Mogg an NHS consultant comes over, tells us the story of how his German wife, a doctor, left him because he voted Leave (which he did because he thought it would mean more money for the NHS.) Heartrendingly sad."

The doctor backed the idea of another referendum and said: “At the end of the day, I think the British people should have another shot at this.”

Mrs May has ruled out a second referendum and plans to push on with her Brexit deal that will go to a Parliamentary vote on Tuesday. Speculation is rife that the deal will be voted down.

 

Credit: The Evening Standard website and Channel 4