House of Commons leader quits government as pressure mounts on Theresa May
She does not believe the UK would not be "truly sovereign" under the proposed deal.
House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has quit her post over the British government's approach to Brexit, saying "I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result".
In a resignation letter, the MP for South Northamptonshire said she was "proud" to have served in Theresa May’s government since 2016 and to “shape and fight for Brexit", despite some "uncomfortable compromises along the way”.
In the letter, Leadsom signalled she was uncomfortable with a number of the compromises put forward in the new proposed Brexit bill, saying that the UK would not be "truly sovereign" through the deal proposed and a second referendum would be "dangerously divisive".
Adding that "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," she wrote.
Adding that: "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."
Leadsom previously ran against May to become Conservative party leader, but stepped aside to allow May a clear path to becoming prime minister. It is expected that Leadsom will launch a leadership when May leaves her post.
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