- Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, has resigned
- This is due to her disagreement about the new Brexit deal
- She is the 36th Minister to resign under Theresa May
The drama that surrounds Brexit doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and it has had an interesting effect on the careers of several British politicians thus far. There have been repeated calls for the resignation of Theresa May, the British prime minister and most recently Lord Heseltine had his Tory whip taken away after he spoke out against Brexit. Now, Andrea Leadsom is the latest politician who is leaving her position as a result of Brexit as she has resigned on May 22. 2019.
Leadsom was, until the time of her resignation, a top Minister in Theresa May’s cabinet but has since resigned also over the Brexit issue.
Events Leading Up to Her Resignation
Leadsom had been the leader of the House of Commons and had been heavily involved in the Brexit process but has since stated that she can no longer carry out her duties because she is heavily against the most recent Brexit bill being pushed by Theresa May
“I stayed in Cabinet to shape and fight for Brexit. There have been some uncomfortable compromises along the way, but you have had my determined support and loyalty in your efforts to deliver Brexit as our shared goal,” Leadsom said.
She has also stated that she cannot see any way forward with the new Brexit deal that will be offered in June and she no longer believes that the approach being pushed by Theresa May and her party can deliver the referendum result.
Her resignation is the 36th that will take place under Theresa May’s government and there are fears that it would trigger even more ministers to resign as the controversial Brexit deal is still being presented in Parliament.
Following the word of her resignation, Theresa May responded with a letter of thanks to Leadsom for her service but stated that she disagrees that the deal negotiated with the EU means that the UK will not be a sovereign nation.
Leadsom had stayed throughout the process of pushing multiple Brexit deals, the multiple rejections the extension of the deadline and the negotiations with the opposition. However, it seems this new deal was the straw that broke the camel’s back and her resignation is quite telling of the nature of the bill itself which we will receive details about in June.