Brexit Party MEPs have abstained on a European Parliament resolution calling for Iran to release imprisoned dual EU-Iranian nationals, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
The EU resolution called on Iran to unconditionally release all the women who have been jailed for standing up for women’s rights in the country, including those who have protested against the hijab.
It also demanded that Iran release Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been in jail since April 2016, in part due to a gaffe from Boris Johnson. The EU also called for the release of Ahmadreza Djalali and Kamran Ghaderi, who are both EU citizens.
However, a bunch of Brexit Party MEPs decided it wasn’t worth their time to vote in favour. Ann Widdecombe, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Martin Daubney, Ben Habib and Nathan Gill were all among the high-profile Brexit Party figures who decided not to support the resolution.
This stands in stark contrast to the claims made on social media in recent days by Nigel Farage’s MEP – who have suggested they are the only people who turn up to work in the European Parliament.
Fortunately, the resolution passed comfortably in the end, but with no help from the Brexit Party.