Justice minister Dr Philip Lee resigns hours before Brexit withdrawal vote in order to “speak out” against EU deal.
On Tuesday, he tweeted:
“If, in the future, I am to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them I cannot, in all good conscience, support how our country’s current exit from the EU looks set to be delivered.”
Dr Lee stated that he resigned to speak up against the Brexit withdrawal situation and express his doubts about it.
Indeed, he chose to remain in the EU during the previous referendum. He suggested that the government should appeal to the public to inform their final decision on the Brexit deal.
Dr Lee has spoken out and said that he is unhappy with the way that Theresa May has dealt with the issue.
He stated that it was a “matter of great principle”.
Philip Lee has received a great deal of support from his fellow Tory supporters in parliament and rumours have circulated that his resignation might encourage other ministers to follow suit.
“A Government’s first responsibility is to protect its citizens. This is usually understood in military terms but I believe it applies more generally.
It means that sometimes when a majority of our people want something that is against the good of society, government and parliament has a responsibility to protect us.” said the MP of Bracknell.
On Tuesday, a vote took place within parliament to ensure a “functioning statute book” for the leaving date of the UK from the EU, said Brexit Secretary David Davis.
Pro-EU Tories were criticised for being “zealots” who were trying to undermine the UK’s position in the situation. Both sides accused each other of wrecking Brexit.
Apparently, no concessions have been agreed upon yet. Both sides only agreed to having a meeting to talk about this issue.
The purpose of the vote was to determine how much of a say the parliament would have if the government’s Brexit deal was unfavourable or if no agreement was reached.