Ministers resign following PM’s Brexit deal

Written by Oliver Wade

Dominic Raab has resigned as Brexit Secretary, stating in a tweet that he “cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU”.

In his letter to Theresa May explaining why he is resigning, Raab highlighted two reasons as to why he cannot support the proposed deal.

“Firstly, I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom,” he said.

“Second, I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit.”

Furthermore, Secretary for Work and Pensions Esther McVey has also resigned over the deal, citing that the draft agreement “did not honour the results of the referendum”.

McVey added: “I cannot defend the deal and I cannot vote for this deal. I could not look my constituents in the eye were I to do that. I therefore have no alternative but to resign from government.”

Along with Raab and McVey, junior Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara, junior Brexit minister Suella Braverman, and parliamentary private secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan have resigned from their posts.

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