Here's who has resigned from the government so far 1 year ago

Here's who has resigned from the government so far

A list that is almost certainly already dated

On Wednesday, after a marathon five-hour long meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May announced cabinet had reached consensus and would support her draft Brexit agreement.

Come Thursday morning and Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary literally responsible for negotiating the agreement, resigned because he could not support the agreement.

The Conservative front bench is in the process of being obliterated, as a wave of its politicians make the decision to put career over country.

It is likely many more will follow, and perhaps even trigger a leadership contest against the Prime Minister, but here's a list of the drop outs so far.

Sam Gyimah

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10: Prime Minister David Cameron (R) leaves Downing Street with his Parliamentary Private Secretary Sam Gyimah on April 10, 2013 in London, England. Parliament has been recalled today to allow MPs and Peers to pay their respects to former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher who died on April 8, 2013. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Sam Gyimah and David Cameron in 2013 (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid)

Universities minister Sam Gyimah waited a good while for the dust to settle on a spell of departures before twisting the knife in the Prime Minister's back. Five resigned in the space of 24 hours, but he waited a good fortnight.

Maybe he needed it to draft the 1,000-word long Facebook status announcing his departure.

He is the seventh government minister to resign since Theresa May's draft Brexit agreement was announced.


Rehman Chishti

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: (L to R) James Morris (Vice Chair, Training and Development ), Helen Grant (Vice Chair, Diverse Communities ), Marcus Jones (Vice Chair Local Government), Rehman Chishti (Vice Chair, Diverse Communities), Brandon Lewis (Chair), Prime Minister Theresa May, James Cleverly (Deputy Chair), Kemi Badenoch (Vice Chair for Candidates), Chris Skidmore (Vice Chair, Policy), Maria Caulfield (Vice Chair for Women), Ben Bradley (Vice Chair for Youth) pose outside 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister Reshuffles her cabinet on January 8, 2018 in London, England. Today's Cabinet reshuffle is Theresa May's third since becoming Prime Minister in July 2016 and was triggered after she sacked first secretary of state and close friend Damian Green before Christmas. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Rehman Chishti (in the middle of the group to the left) outside 10 Downing Street with the other Conservative party vice chairs (Credit:  Leon Neal)

Conservative party junior vice chairman Rehman Chishti resigned his post this afternoon, continuing an avalanche of departures in Theresa May's top team.

He said his reasons for resigning were both the draft agreement for leaving the EU as well as the UK's handling of Asia Bibi's asylum case - Chishti is also the PM's trade envoy to Pakistan.

Suella Braverman

suella braverman The fourth to fall, Suella Braverman (Credit: House of Commons)

Suella Braverman, née Fernandes, who once famously said: "£50 billion? Don't believe it, Project Fear," of a potential divorce payment to the EU. Turned out she couldn't have been more accurate in predicting the amount the UK would pay to the EU.


She said it was with "deep regret" that she resigned.

Esther McVey

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey leaves 10 Downing Street on November 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Esther walks (Credit: Leon Neal)

Esther McVey was secretary of state at the department of work and pensions.

The former cabinet minister wrote in her letter:

"The proposals put before Cabinet, which will soon be judged by the entire country, means handing over £39bn to the EU without anything with return. It will trap us in a customs union, despite you specifically promising the British people we would not be. It will bind the hands of not only this, but future governments in pursuing genuine free trade policies. We wouldn't be taking back control, we would be handing over control to the EU and even to a third country for arbitration."

She also stated that the negotiated Brexit deal "threatens the integrity of the United Kingdom, which as a Unionist, is a risk I cannot be party to."

Not a leadership runner, but a Brexiteer that will lump in with whichever candidate Leaves best.


Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab Dominic Raab knocking on the door (Credit: Leon Neal)

Dominic Raab became Theresa May's second Brexit secretary to resign, following the departure of David Davis earlier this year. He handed in his letter of surrender to the Prime Minister on Thursday morning, just in time for the 9am news bulletins. Considered, given he was in the cabinet meeting that allegedly agreed to support May's draft text.

The secretary for exiting the European Union was responsible for negotiating Theresa May's draft agreement but in his resignation letter said that same agreement was not acceptable.

Why then, has he resigned? Well, you can't stand on a leadership platform against May's deal if you were in the cabinet that supported it. Will he ally with Boris or go it alone?

Shailesh Vara

shailesh vara Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara (Credit: House of Commons)

The initial domino that triggered Thursday's wave of departures. The minister for Northern Ireland only assumed his post in July 2018 but still said he would "always cherish the fondest memories" of time in his government post.

"This agreement does not provide for the United Kingdom being a sovereign independent country leaving the shackles of the EU," he wrote.

Jo Johnson

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Secretary of State for Transport Jo Johnson speaks onstage during a pro-remain a rally rejecting the the Prime Minister's Brexit deal on November 14, 2018 in London, England. Anti-Brexit groups 'Best for Britain' and 'The People's Vote Campaign' are holding a joint rally tonight to call on MPs to say they are not buying the Prime Minister's Brexit deal. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Jo Johnson, the least famous brother, other than Leo, maybe  (Credit: Jack Taylor)

Fitting, that the next prominent resignation after Boris Johnson would be his brother Jo. A minister for transport, he left over Brexit but not with the same motive as his colleagues.

Jo resigned a called for a second referendum, saying: "My view is that this is so different from what was billed that it would be an absolute travesty if we don’t go back to the people and ask if they want to exit the EU on this extraordinarily hopeless basis."

Boris Johnson

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Boris Johnson leaves his grace-and-favour residence in Carlton Gardens near Buckingham Palace on July 18, 2018 in London, England. The Former Foreign Secretary is expected to make his first speech today after resigning from government 9 days ago. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Boris Johnson, the most famous brother  (Credit: Dan Kitwood)

The foreign secretary swiftly followed David Davis. He resigned with in 24 hours of his Brexit buddy, prompting Donald Tusk to quip when asked about the news: ""I can just repeat what I said about David Davis."

Since, Johnson has attacked May's government and general Brexit activity from the platform afforded to him by a column in the Telegraph.

David Davis

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Brexit Secretary David Davis leaves number 10, Downing Street on July 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Toodle pip David (Credit: Leon Neal)

The first Brexit secretary to ever do it also seemingly set a parliamentary precedent for secretary of states at the department resigning after the Prime Minister presents a deal to the Conservative party.

He was followed by the sergeant of Brexit backbenchers, Steve Baker. Baker was a key organiser in the Commons for Leave supporting MPs, pushing votes onto the parliamentary agenda and generally whipping the faction into an effective voting bloc.

Amber Rudd

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd leaves after an emergency cabinet meeting at Downing Street on April 12, 2018 in London, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting amid speculation she will back US action against Syria. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Amber Rudd resigned as a matter of principle over the Windrush scandal, (Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe)

The Remainer resigned over the Windrush scandal.

Priti Patel


BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel speaks during the annual Conservative Party Conference on September 30, 2018 in Birmingham, England. The Conservative Party Conference 2018 is taking place at Birmingham's International Convention Centre (ICC) from September 30 to October 3. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Priti Patel addresses Conservative party conference (Credit: Jeff J Mitchell)

Priti Patel left government after it was revealed she had not been honest about 14 meetings with Israeli officials during a trip to the country. Political Twitter watched her recall from Uganda on Flight Radar, tracking the plane all the way home.

Michael Fallon

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Defence secretary Michael Fallon leaves after attending a cabinet meeting in Downing Street on October 31, 2017 in London, England. The Prime Minister is expected to discuss claims of sexual misconduct amongst members of parliament and Commons staff. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Goodbye Michael (Credit: Carl Court)

The defence secretary quit after three years in the post. He resigned from the position, saying his behaviour had "fallen short."