Boris Johnson’s work and pensions minister Amber Rudd resigns, quits party as UK government plunged into further chaos
London, Sep 8, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson’s work and pensions secretaryhas resigned from the cabinet and from the Conservative Party, in a disastrous blow to Boris Johnson’s authority.
The cabinet minister said she was resigning because she could not stand by as Tory moderates lost the whip.
She also accused the prime minister of failing to prepare for a Brexit deal with the EU.
“I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip,” she said on Saturday.
“I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.
“I have spoken to the PM and my Association Chairman to explain.
“I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics.”
With the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) experiencing various political complications, having now been delayed up to October 31, 2019, the country has seen increasing public discontent from both Leave and Remain supporters alike. Amidst a general air of uncertainty and ongoing frustration at the government’s inability to mobilize a smooth withdrawal from the European bloc, demonstrators on both sides of the political spectrum have taken to the streets to give voice to their discontent.
Ms Rudd said she plans to run as an independent candidate in a future general election.
“I joined your cabinet in good faith; accepting that no deal had to be on the table” she said in her resignation letter, addressed to the prime minister.
“However I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main objective.
“The updates I have been grateful to receive from your office have not, regretfully, provided me with the with the reassurances I sought.”
The MP’s resignation comes at the end of a disastrous week for Boris Johnson.
I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip.
I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.
I have spoken to the PM and my Association Chairman to explain.
I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics.
On Tuesday Mr Johnson removed the whip from two former chancellors and Winston Churchill’s grandson after they voted to give Opposition MPs control of the order paper and start the process of blocking a no-deal Brexit.
Ms Rudd described the treatment of the rebels as “an assault on decency and democracy”.
Matters were made worse for Mr Johnson when his brother resigned from a cabinet post on Thursday.
Jo Johnson a higher education minister, said it was impossible to reconcile “family loyalty and the national interest”, adding: “It’s an unresolvable tension and time for others to take on my roles as MP and minister.”
The prime minister was also blocked by opposition MPs from calling an immediate election.
Ian Lavery MP, Labour Party Chair, responding to the resignation of Amber Rudd, said:“The Prime Minister has run out of authority in record time and his Brexit plan has been exposed as a sham.
“No one trusts Boris Johnson. Not his Cabinet, not his MPs, not even his own brother.“After nine years of austerity, we need a Labour government that will invest in our communities and public services.”