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16th Jul 2018

Another Conservative MP has resigned over fears of a ‘watered down Brexit’

Another one bites the dust

Oli Dugmore

Another one bites the dust

Conservative MP Scott Mann has resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury.

In his letter of resignation the Tory said he feared a “watered down Brexit.”

“It is with sadness that I tender my resignation as parliamentary private secretary at the treasury,” he wrote.

“Over the coming days, weeks and months I fear that elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents.

“I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered down Brexit.

“I will ensure that I vote in line with their wishes.”

His resignation follows that of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis, as dissatisfaction with Theresa May’s Brexit deal proposed at Chequers spreads throughout the government.

In total there have been nine resignations since the prime minister put forward her Brexit vision, although only three of them are particularly important (ministerial), being Johnson, Davis and his deputy Steve Baker.

On top of that Conor Burns, parliamentary private secretary to BoJo, made it clear he had no desire to stay on after his boss’ resignation. As well as Chris Green (transport), Robert Courts (foreign office) and Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley who were both Conservative party vice chairs.