Lord Young who is a whip and government spokesperson for the Cabinet Office in the House of Lords has resigned in protest against Boris Johnson for proroguing parliament.
Lord Young of Cookham who has served every Conservative leader since Margret Thatcher said he “cannot continue to serve” the prime minister.
Lord Young wrote that he “cannot continue to serve” after Johnson after he announced he will prorogue parliament when it returns from recess on 3 September.
Lord Young said, “As a former leader of the House of Commons in the coalition government who restored to the Commons some of the powers it had lost to the Executive, I am very unhappy at the timing and length of the prorogation, and its motivation.
“While not agreeing with the hyperbole of some critics, I have been unpersuaded by the reasons given for that decision, which I believe risks undermining the fundamental role of Parliament at a critical time in our history, and reinforces the view that the government may not have the confidence of the House for its Brexit policy.
I am not part of any Remainer plot, nor have I spoken to anyone about my decision to resign, which is purely a personal one.
“It has been a real pleasure and honour to be part of your team in the Lords over the past three years. I have enjoyed it, and will miss my many friends, whom I expect to stay in your team.”
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