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N. Ireland Minister of State becomes 1st to quit after May’s draft Brexit deal approved by cabinet

In the first resignation following Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office Shailesh Vara has quit his post. He said that he “cannot support the withdrawal agreement” clinched with the EU.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in “a half-way house with no time limit on,” his letter of resignation states. Vara assumes that, given the past performance of the bloc, there is a possibility that the trade deal “will take years to conclude.”

We will be locked in a custom arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say.

What will be even worse is that the UK won’t be able to leave this arrangement unilaterally, he noted.

 

Just an hour into Vara’s announcement, there was more bad news for May. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab announced he was quitting, saying: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

The resignations of Vara and Raab are the latest in a series of blows for Theresa May, whose Brexit deal was backed by her cabinet on Wednesday. May has been losing ministers one after the other in a furious backlash to her Brexit plans in recent months. Earlier in November, Jo Johnson, brother of Boris Johnson, left the PM’s cabinet as transport minister, claiming the Brexit deal being finalized “will be a terrible mistake.”

Johnson’s resignation came four months after his brother, arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson, quit as foreign secretary over the same issue. He earlier called the plan “a suicide vest” wrapped around the British constitution, adding that the detonator has been handed to Brussels.

While May claims the plan is the “best that could be negotiated,” Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) who campaigned for a hard Brexit, dubbed the plan the “worst deal in history.”

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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has resigned saying the Brexit deal put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May “does not honour” the result of the referendum where a majority of Brits voted to leave the EU.

She is the third high-profile minister to resign over the draft withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK and EU and due to be sealed during a summit on November 25 in Brussels.

 

Her resignation follows reports she was shouted at by civil servant Mark Sedwill during Wednesday night’s five-hour cabinet meeting. The argument reportedly erupted when she suggested holding a vote over May’s deal.

But she opposed initial reports of her being “left in tears” following the row saying she shed no tears as “I’m made of much sterner stuff than that,” the Telegraph reports.

It follows Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigning on Thursday morning after he told the Tory leader he cannot support the Brexit deal she hammered out with the EU. Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, also resigned over the draft deal.

May is expected to make a House of Commons speech on Thursday morning on the proposed withdrawal agreement.

The agreement was reached between the EU and the UK after much-fraught negotiations. Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland was one of the main sticking points.

Raab’s resignation was welcomed by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who congratulated himself saying a “few more” resignations will spell the ultimate fall of the PM.

Merkel's Legacy
Swedish Establishment Parties Clinging To Power, While Digging Their Grave

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