A senior British minister has resigned from the cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson due to differences resulting from the government’s handling of Brexit.
Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, also on Saturday announced her resignation as the Conservative Party whip and from the party entirely.
The cabinet member said she no longer believed leaving the European Union with a deal was the government’s “main objective”.
The MP for Hastings and Rye, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum, said her resignation had been “a difficult decision”.
She also described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday for their vote against the Prime Minister on a key Brexit motion as an “assault on decency and democracy”.
“I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip.
“I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.
“I have spoken to the PM and my Association Chairman to explain.
“I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics,” Rudd wrote in a post accompanied by her resignation letter on Twitter.
In her resignation letter to Johnson, she said: “I joined your cabinet in good faith: accepting that ‘No Deal’ had to be on the table, because it was the means by which we would 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.”
The Prime Minister’s office said it was “disappointed” by the resignation of a “talented” minister.
A spokesperson added that “all ministers who joined the Cabinet signed up to leaving the EU on 31 October come what may”.
The major opposition Labour Party said Rudd’s resignation showed the government was “falling apart”.
Rudd’s resignation comes after a week of setbacks for the Prime Minister, after a cross-party group of MPs seized control of the Parliamentary agenda.