Another one of the ministerial aides of Theresa May has stepped own over the Brexit white paper of the British Prime Minister. It is already the ninth resignation that has took place since PM May confidently disclosed her Chequers agreement more than a week ago.
This morning, the MP for North Cornwall and parliamentary private secretary at the Treasury, Scott Mann, handed in his resignation. He directly cited her direction of travel in the Brexit discussions as recently agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers.
In a letter that was addressed to the Prime Minister, he stated: “I fear that elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me into direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents.”
He added: “I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered down Brexit.”
The resignation of Mann comes after a number of others, including senior frontbenchers David Davis and Boris Johnson, as well as some more junior colleagues including PPSs including Robert Courts and vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield.
The others include Johnson’s PPS Conor Burns and transport PPS Chris Green. Green’s resignation tweet earned a strong reaction from one of his Conservative colleagues.
In a tweet, Green said: “I have handed in my resignation to the Prime Minister as PPS. Brexit must mean Brexit.”
While his colleague, Simon Hart, replied: “Your a pps Chris. It is not relevant and nobody gives a fuck. Apart from me obviously.”
The Prime Minister has been warned that she will lose a person every day until she decides to back down.
It is believed that Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary; Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary; and Suella Braverman, a Brexit minister, would also resign in the coming days.
A source said disclosed that Braverman was “virtually under house arrest” to prevent her going. However, a pro-Remain MP said that the more junior nature of the latest resignations suggested that there would be no more ministerial-level movements.