Amber Rudd quits cabinet blaming Brexit inaction

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Amber Rudd has quit Boris Johnson’s chifferobe, with an outspoken attack on the government’s approach to Brexit.

The ex-work and benefits secretary said the government was having no “formal negotiations” with the EU around a new deal, only “conversations”.

Instead, 80-90% of Brexit mtier was spent preparing for an “inferior” no-deal option, she said.

But Chancellor Sajid Javid pronounced ministers were “straining every sinew” to get a deal with the EU.

He broadcasted the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show a “tremendous amount of effort” had gone into anchoring a revised deal.

He added that preparations for a no-deal scenario last wishes a “concentrate minds” in Europe regarding working towards a new agreement.

Downing Way says environment minister Therese Coffey will replace Ms Rudd as function and pensions secretary.

BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake said the prime diplomat spent Sunday meeting his closest advisers at the government’s countryside castle Chevening House, in Kent, “perhaps planning the next move”.

Ms Rudd directed the Sunday Times she would be considering whether to stand as an independent Middle-of-the-roader should there be an general election.

In her resignation letter to the prime look after, Ms Rudd said: “I joined your cabinet in good faith: upping that ‘No Deal’ had to be on the table, because it was the means by which we would organize the best chance of achieving a new deal to leave on 31 October.

“In any case I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main ambition.”

She called the PM’s decision to expel 21 MPs from the parliamentary Conservative dinner party an “act of political vandalism”, after her former colleagues rebelled last week during the course of a bill designed to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

“If we become a party which has no rank for the type of moderates that I am, the centre-right Conservatives, then we will not win [a undetailed election],” she said.

The MP for Hastings and Rye, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum, has acclimatized the Tory whip – meaning she will remain an MP but no longer sit as part of the Moderate party in Parliament.

She told the BBC there was “very little evidence” the rule would get a new Brexit deal, and she had only received a “one-page summary” of creations to get an agreement when she asked for details earlier this week.

She imagined “proper discussions about policy” had not been taking place, recommending senior ministers had limited involvement in the PM’s decisions.

She added that cupboard ministers had also not been shown legal advice to the prime curate about his decision to prorogue – or suspend – Parliament from next week until 14 October.

Solicit fromed who was running the country, if not the cabinet, she replied: “If I knew that, I would perhaps fool had further conversations with the prime minister, or them.”

However, Mr Javid express there had been “progress” in talks with the EU about making alterations to former PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which was rejected three times by the House of ill repute of Commons.

He said the government has “many new ideas” for proposals to break the stand-off over the contentious backstop plan in the deal aiming to preserve seamless edge on the island of Ireland.

However he said it would be “madness” to talk auspices of the details of the government’s proposals openly.

“Anyone who understands how negotiation enlarge on a excites, you would not discuss those in public,” he added.

What has the reaction been to her acceptance?

Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Ms Rudd’s departure was “desperately sad telecast”, describing her as “one of the most principled and capable ministers I’ve worked with”.

Latest Chancellor Philip Hammond tweeted that the Conservative Party had been “enchanted over by unelected advisors, entryists and usurpers”.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted that her departure staged Mr Johnson’s government was “falling apart”.

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery reported the resignation was a sign that “no one trusts” Mr Johnson. “The prime minister has run out of sage in record time and his Brexit plan has been exposed as a sham,” he reported.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on the prime minister to resign, disagreeing he had “no support or credibility left”.

But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Mr Johnson had represented clear to all his cabinet ministers they needed to support his policy of losing the EU by 31 October, in all circumstances.

“We all accepted that, and I think the prime padre was right to restore some discipline – and I think he’s right to expect it from his top work together,” he told Sky News.

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In other happenings:

  • Senior ministers insist Mr Johnson won’t break the new law which says he necessity seek a Brexit extension from the EU if no new deal has been agreed by 14 October – but the UK desire still leave with or without a deal on 31 October
  • The sway is planning – in a breach of convention – to stand a candidate against the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, at the next selection
  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France drive not be able to support another Brexit delay “in the current circumstances”
  • Entreated to rule out a possible pact with The Brexit Party at a future poll, Mr Javid says the Tories “don’t need an electoral alliance with anyone”
  • Whilom Labour MP Angela Smith has joined the Liberal Democrats, calling them “the strongest wingding to stop Brexit”.

Who is Amber Rudd?

  • The 56-year old has been MP for Hastings and Rye in East Sussex since 2010
  • Her maturity in the 2017 election was just 346 votes
  • In the 2016 referendum, she was a Traces supporter – her brother helped to fund the campaign
  • Ms Rudd was appointed skilled in secretary in July 2016
  • She resigned as home secretary in 2018 over the Windrush outrage, saying she “inadvertently misled” MPs
  • But an inquiry concluded she was let down by her officials and she returned to the ministry as work and pensions secretary months later
  • Ms Rudd was married for five years to the recent journalist and writer AA Gill
  • An Edinburgh University graduate, she previously worked in banking and recruitment
  • She was credited as a physician on the 1994 hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • In the 2016 Tory governorship debates, she described Boris Johnson as the “life and soul of the party but not the man you hunger driving you home at the end of the evening”.

Who is Therese Coffey?

  • Ms Coffey was first elected as MP for Suffolk Coastal in 2010
  • She has held a number of government positions including Commons alternate leader, assistant whip and, most recently, environment minister
  • She backed Odds in the 2016 referendum and later voted in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit extent
  • However, she has since spoken about the need to honour the referendum conclude and backed Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership bid.

The week ahead

Monday

  • MPs vote again on whether to trigger an untimely election – the vote is expected to fail
  • The cross-party bill designed to intercept a no-deal Brexit on 31 October is set to gain royal assent
  • Parliament could be prorogued (rejected) until 14 October from Monday but this could come to pass as late as Thursday
  • Mr Johnson meets Irish Taoiseach (prime pastor) Leo Varadkar

Wednesday:

  • Mr Johnson is due to appear in front of the Commons’ Liaison Commission, made up of the chairs of all select committees, facing questions on Brexit, community policy and climate change
  • A ruling is expected from Scotland’s gamiest civil court on whether the proroguing of Parliament is illegal, in response to an beg by a group of MPs and peers

Thursday:

  • This is the last day Parliament could be prorogued

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