As Theresa May prepares for talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Conservative MP and whip Nigel Adams has quit.
Adams said the prime minister has made a “grave error” by reaching out to Corbyn in the hope to find a consensus solution over Brexit.
Adams said in a letter addressed to the prime minister that the government faces two “great challenges” on delivering “the Brexit the people voted for” and to prevent a Corbyn premiership.
Following yesterday’s cabinet, this morning I’ve been to Downing Street & resigned my position as UK Govt Minister for Wales & Govt Whip. I’m grateful to the PM for the opportunity to serve as a Minister since 2017 & will continue to serve my constituents from the backbenches. pic.twitter.com/W15xS4cOBP
— Nigel Adams (@nadams) April 3, 2019
Adding, “Sadly, I fear that we are now at risk of simultaneously failing in both.”
“Legitimising and turning to Jeremy Corbyn to assist you at this crucial stage, rather than being bold, is a grave error.
“It is clear that we will now end up in the customs union. That is not the Brexit my constituents were promised, and it is contrary to the pledge we made in our manifesto.
“It makes no sense to leave the EU and to have a situation where our trade policy and much of our law is made in Brussels with no say for the UK.
“It now seems that you and your Cabinet have decided that a deal cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life put British interests first is better than no deal,” he told May, “I profoundly disagree with this approach.”
This is the first resignation over Tuesday’s marathon Brexit crisis meeting, rumours are circulating that there could, possibly be more MPs to follow.