It has been reported that Dominic Raab and Esther McVey have resigned from the Cabinet in objection at Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
The loss of both the Brexit secretary and the work and pensions secretary just after she settled with the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU is a massive blow to the prime minister.
“The deal you put before the Cabinet yesterday does not honour the result of the referendum. Indeed, it doesn’t meet the you set from the outset of your premiership,” McVey stated in her letter to the prime minister.
Raab as well said that the deal “presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom”.
Brexit minister, Suella Braverman and Northern Ireland minister, Shailesh Vara have as well resigned.
Thursday morning, May offered her deal to the Commons amid speculation she could face a vote of no confidence from Tory MPs, raising aggressive speculation about her political future.
“It takes back control of our borders, laws and money. It protects jobs, security and the integrity of the United Kingdom, and it delivers in ways that many said could simply not be done,” may said.
Today, I have resigned as Brexit Secretary. I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons, and my enduring respect for her. pic.twitter.com/tf5CUZnnUz
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) November 15, 2018
Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet pic.twitter.com/ZeBkL5n2xH
— Esther McVey (@EstherMcVey1) November 15, 2018
The Brexit contract will provide the foundation of a officially binding treaty for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It shelters the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens in the EU, the UK’s £39 billion “divorce” settlement, as well as protocols on Gibraltar and the UK autonomous base areas in Cyprus.
It also offers for a transition period after the UK leaves in March 2019 running to the end of 2020, with the decision of a one-off extension if more time is needed to complete an agreement on the future relationship.
Significantly it also covers the so-called “backstop” proposed to ensure there is no return to the tough border between Northern Ireland and the Republic if discussions on the future relationship have still not been finalized.
Speaking about the deal Raab stated that, “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election. This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust.
“I appreciate that you disagree with my judgment on these issues. I have weighed very carefully the alternative courses of action which the government could take, on which I have previously advised.
“Ultimately, you deserve a Brexit Secretary who can make the case for the deal you arc pursuing with conviction. I am only sorry, in good conscience, that I cannot.”
“My respect for you, and the fortitude you have shown in difficult times, remains undimmed,” he further said.
Pro-EU Tory MP Anna Soubry said Raab’s resignation marked “the end of the PMs Withdrawal Agreement”.
“This is v serious the PM will clearly be considering her position. My own view is that we need a Govt of National Unity and we need it now,” she tweeted.
May passed the first problem when Cabinet ministers accepted the draft terms of her contract with Brussels on Wednesday.
But it is noted that some of the ministers round the table have spoken up against the deal.
Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems, her DUP partners as well as Brexiteer and pro-EU Tories have all specified they will vote against the agreement.
step by Brexiteer Conservatives unhappy with the deal to try and eject May as leader is now said to be forthcoming.