Labor Minister Amber Rudd justified her decision with a disagreement with the Prime Minister’s strategy on Brexit.
UK Minister of Labor and Pensions Amber Rudd announced his resignation Saturday night in disagreement with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s strategy on Brexit.
“I can not stay while good, loyal conservative moderate is excluded,” said in a statement the minister and MP, referring to the exclusion of the Conservative Party of 21 deputies who voted this week with the opposition a bill to avoid a Brexit without agreement.
Amber Rudd leaves both the government, of which she was a heavyweight and the Conservative Party, criticizing very strongly the strategy of the head of government.
- An open letter to the Prime Minister
In a letter to the Prime Minister posted on Twitter, she calls the exclusion of the 21 “rebels” from “assault on decency and democracy”.
She, who voted to stay in the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, believes that the government’s “main objective” is no longer to obtain an exit agreement with the European Union.
“I joined your government in good faith: accepting the ‘No Deal’ should be on the table, because that was the way we would have the best chance of reaching a new deal to get out (from the EU October 31, “she wrote. “However, I do not believe that leaving with an agreement is the main objective of the government.”
I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip.
I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.
I have spoken to the PM and my Association Chairman to explain.
I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics. pic.twitter.com/kYmZHbLMES
— Amber Rudd MP (@AmberRuddHR) September 7, 2019
This is a new setback for the head of the government, who no longer has a majority in Parliament and whose Brexit strategy has been short-circuited by Parliament.
“The Johnson government is collapsing”, responded on Twitter Keir Starmer, referent on Brexit in Labor, the main opposition party.
Nigel Farage, the party leader of the Brexit Party, was asking himself on the same social network “why Boris entrusted Ministerial positions to Remainers (in favor of keeping in the EU, ed) in the first place”.
On Thursday, it was Boris Johnson’s own brother, Jo, who slammed the door of the government, explaining placing the “national interest” ahead of “family loyalty.”
- A political crisis with an uncertain outcome
With this new resignation, Boris Johnson gets caught up in a political crisis that seems difficult to extricate himself.
MEPs adopted Wednesday a text that forced him to postpone by three months the date of Brexit, scheduled for October 31, if he does not find a divorce agreement with the European Union by October 19, just after the next European Council.
The Lords also voted in favor of the text on Friday. It must now receive the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, to become law.
The Prime Minister, however, said he would prefer “to die at the bottom of a ditch” rather than repel the Brexit. He has always said that his country will come out of the European Union on October 31, whether or not it agrees with the European Union.
- New Brexit postponement soon examined
He now hopes that the opposition approves his request to hold early elections in mid-October, in order to give himself a majority to support him in his projects.
The government has already tried this week to get MPs to approve early elections, but they have rejected this option.
The success is far from guaranteed for the government’s second attempt on Monday, with the opposition parties preferring first to ensure that the country does not leave the European Union without agreement.
A new Brexit report, initially scheduled for 29 March and postponed twice, will, however, have to be unanimously approved by the other 27 EU Member States.