Suella Braverman, Tory MP for Fareham, has resigned as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Existing the European Union.
The Conservative MP, who has a Kenyan mother, was born in Harrow and grew up in Wembley. She studied Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge and completed a Master’s in European and French Law at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
In her letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, she said: “It has, in many ways, been my dream job.
“However, I find myself unable to support the the deal agreed yesterday by Cabinet. It is therefore with deep regret that I tender my resignation.”
Listing her reasons she said: “Firstly, the proposed Northern Ireland Backstop is not Brexit.
“It is not what the British people or my constituents voted for in 2016. It prevents an unequivocal exist from a customs union with the EU. This robs the UK of the main competitive advantages from Brexit.
“Secondly the the Backstop proposals set out different regulatory regimes for Northern Ireland and Great Britain, threatening to break our precious Union.”
Writing in The Spectator, she said: “Despite my strenuous attempts, I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by Cabinet. It is therefore with deep regret that I tender my resignation.
Among her reasons for resigning, she cited the Northern Ireland Backstop being the chief reason that the deal “robs the UK of the main competitive advantages from Brexit.”
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Private Secretaries Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Ranil Jayawardena and Conservative Party Vice Chairman Rehman Chishti have also resigned their post in the wake of Mrs May’s deal with the EU.