Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has joined Brexit secretary Dominic Raab in resigning from the cabinet this morning, leaving prime minister Theresa May’s government hanging by a thread.
Following a five-hour long cabinet meeting yesterday, which May claimed secured the collective cabinet support of her Brexit deal, the two ministers resigned this morning.
In his resignation letter Raab said the Brexit withdrawal deal plans for a different regulatory regime in Northern Ireland said threatens to break up the UK, and he cannot support the ‘indefinite backstop arrangement’.
McVey said in her resignation letter: ‘The deal you put before the cabinet yesterday does not honour the result of the referendum. Indeed, it doesn’t meet the tests you set from the outset of our premiership.’
She went on to say the withdrawal agreement ‘threatens the integrity of the United Kingdom’.
News of the resignations caused the pound to fall 1.6% against the dollar to $1.278.