The opposition Labour Party of the United Kingdom has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of stubbornly rejecting to step down from office over a controversial European Union divorce agreement, saying the premier had no longer the authority to conclude Brexit talks in the face of back-to-back resignations of ministers from her government.
Jon Trickett, a member of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s senior team, said on Thursday that Brexit secretary Dominic Raab’s resignation earlier in the day in protest to a draft Brexit deal with the EU showed that May was even unable to convince senior members of her own cabinet about her Brexit strategy.
“The Government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan,” said Trickett, making a reference to a resignation in July by former Brexit minister David Davis who came after May announced her Brexit plans for the first time.
May announced late on Wednesday that she had won the support of her cabinet members for the draft Brexit deal after an “impassioned” meeting which lasted for five hours. However, Raab and work and pension minister Esther McVey announced early on Thursday that they could not agree with what May had negotiated with the EU. They both insisted that the deal will further tie Britain to EU rulebooks and would make it hard for the country to retain its independence after leaving the bloc in March.
The Labour said resignations from cabinet showed that May’s mandate for continuing the Brexit process was no longer tenable.
- “This is the twentieth minister to resign from Theresa May’s government in her two year premiership. Theresa May has no authority left and is clearly incapable of delivering a Brexit deal that commands even the support of her Cabinet – let alone parliament and the people of our country,” said Trickett.
May has refused to put forward her draft Brexit deal before the parliament for an initial endorsement, saying the vote will come after a summit of EU leaders, reportedly planned for later this month, in which other 27 members of the bloc are supposed to ratify the deal.