UK Brexit Secretary resigns, says ‘a matter of public trust’
United Kingdom’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab quit over the proposed European Union withdrawal, Al Jazeera reported.
“I regret to say that, following the Cabinet meeting yesterday on the Brexit deal, I must resign,” Raab said.
May’s plan threatened the integrity of the United Kingdom, he said.
“I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election. This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he said in his resignation letter, on his Twitter account.
Today, I have resigned as Brexit Secretary. I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons, and my enduring respect for her. pic.twitter.com/tf5CUZnnUz
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) November 15, 2018
On November 25, the EU leaders will meet to endorse the Brexit deal that has been hindered due to lack of consensus.
May will announce the terms of the draft withdrawal agreement on Thursday to the House of Commons, which must approve the deal before the UK leaves the EU on March 29.
The PM secured the backing of her cabinet for the draft agreement on Wednesday, after a five-hour meeting.
“The collective decision of the government was that the cabinet should agree to the draft agreement and the outlying political declaration,” May said on Wednesday.
“This is a decisive step, which allows us to move on and finalise the deal in the days ahead,” she added. “These decisions were not taken lightly, but I firmly believe they were in the national interest.”
The main opposition Labour Party has also criticized the draft deal, saying it “breaches the prime minister’s own red lines”.
“This government spent two years negotiating a bad deal that will leave the country in an indefinite half-way house,” Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, said.