Britain’s Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has become the latest cabinet minister to resign from Theresa May’s government over Brexit draft plan.
The Tatton MP resigned from her post on Thursday, saying “it was obvious to everyone” the EU withdrawal deal “did not honour the result of the referendum.”
Her resignation comes after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab opposed the Brexit draft plan and resigned on Thursday.
In her fiery resignation letter, she said Theresa May’s plan “threatened the integrity of the United Kingdom” and that she “could not look her constituents in the eye” were she to vote for it.
She added that the proposals put before Cabinet, in a mammoth five-hour meeting on Wednesday night, meant handing over £39bn to the EU “without anything in return”.
McVey has been Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since January this year.
She was elected MP for Tatton in 2017 having lost her Wirral West seat, which she held for five years, in 2015.
McVey had always openly refused to back the Prime Minister’s Brexit Chequers plan.
See her tweet and resignation letter below:
Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet pic.twitter.com/ZeBkL5n2xH
— Esther McVey (@EstherMcVey1) November 15, 2018