Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has sensationally resigned from the government and quit the Tory Party, claiming she was forced into taking the “difficult decision” because of Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit.
In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Amber Rudd writes: “I joined your Cabinet in good faith: accepting that Do Deal had to be on the table, because it was the means by which we could have the best chance of achieving a new deal to leave on 31 October.
“However I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main objective.”
Ms Rudd added: “The government has expended a lot of energy preparing for ‘No Deal’, but I have not seen the same level of intensity go into our talks with the European Union who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop.”
She joins twenty-one other Tories who had the party whip removed in the last week after voting against the government and siding with opposition MPs against a no deal Brexit.
Responding to Rudd’s resignation, a Government spokesperson told BBC News that “all ministers who joined the Cabinet signed up to leaving the EU on 31 October come what may.”
The spokesperson added that “resignations to chase headlines won’t change the fact that people want Brexit done so that government can deliver on domestic priorities.”
Amber Rudd has now been replaced by Therese Coffey, who once suggested that pensioners should be made to pay national insurance.
Commenting on the appointment, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood said: “Therese Coffey is now the fifth Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the past three years.
“At a time when Universal Credit is in crisis, the most vulnerable people in our society need dedication and stability, not more chaos.
“Universal Credit is clearly failing. In her first act as Secretary of State, Therese Coffey must stop the roll out of Universal Credit as a matter of urgency before any more people are pushed into hardship.”