15 Nov 2018
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, resigned on Thursday, the morning after the government and EU announced a draft Brexit deal had been reached.
“I regret to say that, following the Cabinet meeting yesterday on the Brexit deal, I must resign,” Raab reportedly 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.”
Raab was appointed to the post soon after his predecessor David Davis quit the role in July, saying: “The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.”
Other top officials have also quit their government posts over May’s deal, notably ex-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, and more recently his brother Transport Minister Jo Johnson who supported remaining in the EU.
– Irene Madongo
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