A minister on the Northern Eire Workplace has resigned in protest over Theresa Might’s draft Brexit deal.
Shailesh Vara, a Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire, introduced his resignation on Thursday morning.
Mr Vara, posting on Twitter, mentioned he was resigning with “a lot disappointment and remorse”.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Vara mentioned he “can’t help the Withdrawal Settlement” that has been agreed with the European Union.
He added: “We will probably be locked in a Customs Association indefinitely, certain by guidelines decided by the EU over which now we have no say.
“Worse, we won’t be free to depart the Customs Association unilaterally if we want to take action. Northern Eire within the meantime will probably be topic to a special relationship with the EU from the remainder of the UK and while I agree there must be no arduous border between Northern Eire and Eire, the financial and constitutional integrity of the UK have to be revered.”
Mr Vara is the primary minister to resign for the reason that draft Brexit deal was agreed on Wednesday.
With a lot disappointment and remorse I’ve submitted my letter of resignation as a Northern Eire Minister to the Prime Minister. A replica of my letter is connected.
It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve within the Northern Eire Workplace and I’ll at all times cherish the fondest reminiscences. pic.twitter.com/SN8j4OwhYD
— Shailesh Vara MP (@ShaileshVara) November 15, 2018
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