Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been hit by more resignations over her Brexit policy, as two Conservative vice-chairs quit over their opposition to her plans for Britain's future relations with the EU.

Bradley and Caulfield follow David Davis and Boris Johnson, who quit their roles as Brexit secretary and foreign secretary within the space of 24 hours.

It led to a minor Cabinet reshuffle, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt taking over as foreign secretary and Matt Hancock taking over health. Steve Baker also resigned as a junior Brexit minister.

Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley stepped down over the Prime Minister's Chequer's compromise, describing it as the "worst of all Worlds" and warning that it will cost the party votes at the next election.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not believe there would be a vote of confidence in Mrs May by Tory MPs, but called on her to change her Brexit stance as he attacked the Cabinet deal on European Union withdrawal hammered out at a summit at Chequers last week.

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Mr Bradley said in his resignation letter that the Chequers plan would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit.

In her resignation letter, Caulfield warned that May's policy "may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

'The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn'.

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

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