Andrea Leadsom resigned as House of Commons leader. She expressed her doubts of Prime Minister Theresa May’s ability to deliver Brexit.
In a letter directed to Prime Minister May, Mrs Leadsom stated: “I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result”.
It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government. pic.twitter.com/f2SOXkaqmH
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) May 22, 2019
Mrs Leadsom was a former leadership candidate in 2016 after the results of the Brexit referendum. She backed out of the race following media scrutiny over claiming that being a mother gives one a “tangible stake” in the country.
Her resignation letter listed reasons for why Mrs May’s approach will fail to deliver on the referendum result.
- “I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed;”
- “I have always maintained that a second referendum would be dangerously divisive, and I do not support the Government willingly facilitating such a concession. It would also risk undermining our Union which is something I passionately want to see strengthened;”
- “There has been such a breakdown of government processes that recent Brexit-related legislative proposals have not been properly scrutinised or approved by Cabinet members;”
- “The tolerance to those in Cabinet who have advocated policies contrary to the Government’s position has led to a complete breakdown of collective responsibility.”
Even though Mrs Leadsom is aware the timing of her resignation is not favored, she explained she “cannot fulfill [her] duty” to announce a new Bill she ‘fundamentally opposes’.
She added: “I fully respect the integrity, resolution and determination that you have shown during your time as Prime Minister.”
“No one has wanted you to succeed more than I have, but I do now urge you to make the right decisions in the interests of the country, this Government and our Party.”