THERESA May’s government has been dealt a stunning blow after Phillip Lee became the first minister to resign over her Brexit policy.
By DAVID MADDOX POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
PUBLISHED: 09:44, Tue, Jun 12, 2018
UPDATED: 13:26, Tue, Jun 12, 2018
Dr Lee made his shock announcement that he was quitting as a justice minister at the end of a speech on human rights at an event run by the Bright Blue think-tank.
The resignation leaves the Government staring at a potential defeat tonight on an amendment which will give MPs a meaningful vote on the final outcome on the Brexit negotiations and is yet another blow to Theresa May’s authority.
Despite being a Remainer in the Referendum, Dr Lee made it clear to the Express as he left that he was more concerned about the threat of a “fudge” over Brexit.
He said: “I will be issuing a statement later, but let me assure readers of the Daily Express and others that this is not about Remain or Leave it is because I fear we are having the worst of all worlds forced upon us with a fudge in the middle.”
However, in his statement he made it clear that he wants to support amendments which will give MPs the chance to stop a “no deal” and appears to support a second referendum.
He said: “The main reason for my taking this decision now is the Brexit process and the Government’s wish to limit Parliament’s role in contributing to the final outcome in a vote that takes place today.