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Losing one is careless, losing two is…reckless.

Ukip has lost its former MP Mark Reckless, who announced he is leaving the party to rejoin the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly proclaiming “job done” after Britain’s exit from the EU.

The ex-MP for Rochester and Strood left the Tories to join the eurosceptic outfit in 2014, when he became Ukip’s second ever MP. His decision comes after sitting MP Douglas Carswell, also a former Tory, announced he was leaving the party to stand as an independent last month.

Like Mr Carswell, Mr Reckless said Ukip had served its purposed after the UK has begun its formal exit from the EU.

“I campaigned all my adult life for us to leave the EU. Now we are, under a Conservative government. I support Theresa May and her team of Brexit ministers to deliver”, Mr Reckless said in a statement.

He added:

I leave Ukip positively, having achieved our joint aim, a successful referendum to leave the EU.

As a country, it is right that we seek a sensible settlement with the EU, rather than no deal. The UK Conservative government is getting us out of the EU and I want to back it.

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