Andrea Leadsom resigned from her role of Leader of the House on Wednesday, on the eve of voters heading to the polls for the European elections. It came after the Prime Minister set out her “new Brexit deal” on Tuesday, which angered many Tory MPs, as it opened the door a second referendum and, if voted for, would allow Parliamentarians a say on future customs policy. Speaking on talkRADIO, John Redwood, who has long called for the UK to leave the European Union on WTO terms, delivered a brutal response to the news of the resignation.
He said: “Andrea Leadsom has resigned. I am not surprised.”
He added: “I think it would be very difficult to support the current position of the Prime Minister.
“My surprise is more of them having chosen to resign as well.”
Mr Redwood added: “I think it is a great pity the cabinet did not take a stronger line with the Prime Minister earlier this week and told her that there is no chance of the Withdrawal Bill going through and therefore it is an agony that should be spared.
Andrea Leadsom has resigned. I am not surprised
“The idea we need a fourth vote on all this with some sort of compromise that Labour like and Conservatives don’t.”
Prime Minister Mrs May outlined her “new Brexit deal” on Tuesday afternoon, which sparked fury among many Tory MPs.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also responded by suggesting they would not support the deal.
On Wednesday evening it was announced the Chairman of the Conservative Party’s influential 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, would meet with the Prime Minister on Friday after Chief Whip Julian Smith met with the 1922 Executive.
BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg wrote on Twitter: “At this stage, the PM seems to have bought another 36 hours, by refusing to quit and refusing to see ministers who want her to go asap”.
Later on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister was dealt another fresh blow with the resignation of the Leader of the House of Commons.
In her resignation letter, Ms Leadsom said her decision to quit as Leader of the House comes with “great regret”.
She wrote: “I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed.
“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.”
A Downing Street spokesman said: “Andrea Leadsom has served with distinction and great ability as a member of the Government, and the Prime Minister is grateful for all of her work.
“We are disappointed that she has chosen to resign, and the Prime Minister remains focused on delivering the Brexit people voted for.”
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