Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns as universities minister in protest at Theresa May’s EU withdrawal plan
Sam Gyimah has resigned as universities and science minister in protest over Theresa May‘s Brexit plan. The East Surrey MP said the government’s plan was “not in the British national interest” and voting for it would “set ourselves up for failure” by surrendering “our voice, our vote and our veto”.
Britain has given up efforts to gain access to the project for defence and critical national infrastructure purposes after being frozen out by Brussels because of Brexit.
It is unclear whether the UK will get back the £1.2bn already sunk into the project and could face a potential £5bn bill for a new system.
Mr Gyimah went on to say “we shouldn’t dismiss out of hand the idea of asking the people again what future they want, as we all now have a better understanding of the potential paths before us”.
The Independent has launched its Final Say campaign to demand voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal.
Mr Gyimah, who campaigned for Remain in the referendum, is the seventh minister to resign from the government since Ms May unveiled the draft Withdrawal Agreement.
His departure illustrates the uphill battle the prime minister faces if she is to win the crunch vote in the Commons on the deal on 11 December.
“This government is falling apart and the decision must be taken back to the public,” the Liberal Democrat’s education spokesman, Layla Moran, said. ”We know May cant win on the 11th, Sam Gyimah shows us that her deal can’t even convince those closest to her.
”As universities and science minister Sam Gyimah will have seen at close quarters the devastating effect this botched Brexit will have on these important sectors.
“He should be applauded for his actions today and for also not discounting a People’s Vote.”