- Conservative MP George Eustice resigned from government to oppose possible Brexit delay.
- He said taking a no-deal Brexit off the table on March 29, when the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, would represent “the final humiliation of our country.”
- Theresa May prevented a Cabinet rebellion this week by offering MPs a vote on a delay to the UK’s departure from the EU if parliament rejects her proposed deal for a second time.
LONDON – Conservative minister George Eustice has resigned from Theresa May’s government in protest against her decision to allow a vote on delaying Brexit, saying it would be “the final humiliation of our country.”
The outgoing fisheries minister, formerly a UKIP candidate, said he resigned with “tremendous sadness” because he wanted to be free to participate in forthcoming debates on Brexit and to oppose a vote on extending Article 50 in March.
He said he would vote for the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement but felt that she had been “terribly undermined” by ministers and MPs who do not want the government to honour the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
He becomes the fourteenth member of May’s government to resign over Brexit.
Writing to the prime minister, the MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle said: “It is with tremendous sadness that I have decided to resign from the government following the decision this week to allow the postponement of our exit from the EU.
“Since Parliament is now in direct control of events, I want to be free to participate in the critical debate that will take place in the weeks ahead.”
May avoided a Cabinet rebellion this week by offering parliament a vote on a delay to the UK’s departure from the EU, instead of leaving with no deal, if MPs reject her proposed deal for a second time.
Eustice said the government should retain the option of a no-deal exit.
“We must be ready to face down the European Union here and now. The absence of an agreement poses risks and costs for them too,” he said.
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