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Andrea Leadsom resigns from House of Commons

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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”.

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.

Read: Andrea Leadsom apologizes to Theresa May over “motherhood” comments

Her resignation letter listed reasons for why Mrs May’s approach will fail to deliver on the referendum result.

  1. “I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed;”
  2. “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;”
  3. “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;”
  4. “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’.

Related: Brexit could be delayed to ensure deal – Andrea Leadsom

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.”


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