Sam Gyimah, the Science and universities minister of the United Kingdom, is now the sixth minister to step down from his position in protest at the Brexit deal of Prime Minister Theresa May when he quit the government last Friday evening.
His resignation came after PM May announced that the United Kingdom was pulling out of the Galileo satellite-navigation project of the European Union which Gyimah believes exposes the deal as “naive.”
The decision to pull out of the said project came after the negotiations with the European Union, in which they said that the United Kingdom would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme.
In a statement, Gyimah criticised the deal. He stated: “Galileo is only a foretaste of what’s to come under the Government’s Brexit deal.”
He continued: “Having surrendered our voice, our vote and our veto, we will have to rely on the ‘best endeavours’ of the EU to strike a final agreement that works in our national interest.”
He added: “Galileo is a clarion call that it will be ‘EU first’, and to think otherwise – whether you are a leaver or remainer – is at best incredibly naive.”
€1.4bn has already been invested by the United Kingdom into the Galileo project. The project is the EU’s version of the GPS system of the United States and is intended to be used by the armed forces and various government agencies once it goes live in 2020.
This most recent resignation is another blow for PM May, who is attempting to persuade her own lawmakers to approve the deal that she struck with Brussels last Sunday.
Gyimah voted Remain. He is the 10th minister to step down from his post in the government since the PM set out her original proposals for leaving the European Union at Chequers last July. He confirmed that he would be voting against the current deal.
He also noted that the prime minister should not rule out a second Brexit referendum “as we all now have a better understanding of the potential paths before us.”