Brexit latest: May hit by two cabinet resignations as Raab and McVey quit over plan

PM ON THE BRINK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey quit in protest at ‘Brexsh*t’ deal that ‘blackmails country’

A total of four ministers have now resigned and refused to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal

THERESA May’s job hangs by a thread today after two Cabinet ministers resigned over her Brexit plan.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey both quit in protest at the planned withdrawal agreement.

The Prime Minister took to the steps of Downing Street on Wednesday night to say her deal was the only one available. ‘It’s this deal, no deal, or no Brexit at all’, she said. She is due to address the Commons at 10.30am on Thursday morning.

But, on Thursday morning, Mrs May’s plans began to unravel dramatically with Mr Raab becoming the first high-profile Cabinet minister to quit. Ms McVey resigned at 10am, saying ‘I cannot defend this, and I cannot vote for this deal.’ Brexit minister Suella Braverman and Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara have also gone.

Tory Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith said the impact of Mr Raab’s resignation would be ‘devastating’.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said Mrs May’s Government ‘is falling apart before our eyes’.

Rumours continued to swirl at Westminster that the tally of Conservative MPs who have submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May is about to reach the 48 threshold needed to trigger a vote on her position.

One bookmakers has now stopped taking bets on Theresa May’s exit date. A BetFred spokesperson told Yahoo News: ‘We see her position as untenable and a wave of support for her to leave this year has forced us to close the market.’

Tweeting his letter of resignation, Mr Raab said Mrs May’s deal posed a ‘threat to the integrity of the UK’.

He wrote: ‘The regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom.

‘I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit. No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control over the laws to be applied, nor the ability to decide to exit the arrangement.’

Ms McVey said in her resignation letter: ‘The British people have always been ahead of politicians on this issue, and it will be no good trying to pretend to them that this deal honours the result of the referendum when it is obvious to everyone that it doesn’t.

‘We have gone from no deal is better than a bad deal, to any deal is better than no deal.’

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