Wales Minister Nigel Adams resigns over UK PM’s promise to hold Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn
Nigel Adams, one of May’s junior ministers for Wales, announced his resignation on Twitter, claiming that the prime minister’s shift to a softer Brexit was a “grave error.”
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 MP (@nadams) April 3, 2019
In his letter to May, he accused the PM of “legitimizing” the Labour leader by pleading for his help to secure a Brexit agreement that the majority of MPs can support. Adams argues that a customs union is now inevitable, which is “not the Brexit my constituents were promised.”
A whole host of hardline Tory Brexiteers have slammed May’s latest maneuver, seeing the prime minister’s engagement in discussions with Corbyn as capitulation. European Research Group chair, Jacob Rees-Mogg, described Jeremy Corbyn as May’s “deputy” prime minister, and accused the PM of planning to collaborate with “a known Marxist.”
In her speech on Tuesday, May said that if she and Corbyn could reach a unified position, it would be put to MPs for their approval before being taken to the European Council next week. If the two party leaders could not reach an agreement, other options would be put to the House of Commons for a vote.Also on rt.com Corbyn says he’s ‘very happy’ to meet May to hammer out Brexit plan, others not so sure
In response, Corbyn claimed that he would be “very happy” meet May, adding that he recognized that the PM had “made a move” to reach out to him.
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