North East Beds MP resigns from government over Brexit

PUBLISHED: 10:03 26 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:03 26 March 2019

North East Beds MP Alistair Burt has resigned from the government: Picture: Alistair Burt's office

North East Beds MP Alistair Burt has resigned from the government: Picture: Alistair Burt's office

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North East Beds MP Alistair Burt has resigned from his ministerial role in the government this morning – citing concerns over Brexit.

Mr Burt announced his decision in a statement this morning, joining fellow ministers Richard Harrington and Steve Brine who quit last night.

He will now leave his role as Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Having accepted the result of the referendum, I have worked and voted consistently for the best outcome for the country and constituency, which is to leave the EU with a good arrangement for the future,” he said.

“Despite the best and determined efforts of the Prime Minister, her agreement with the EU continues to be rejected by Parliament.

“We are running out of time for an alternative, and the risk of leaving without a deal, and continuing serious and disruptive uncertainty is affecting the UK profoundly.

“Parliament should seek urgently to resolve the situation by considering alternatives freely, without the instruction of party whips, and government should adopt any feasible outcome as its own in order to progress matters.

“I did not believe the government was prepared to do that, so had to vote to ensure this happens.

“I remain a supporter of the Conservative government, and the Prime Minister. But we have to come to a conclusion for the country’s sake.”

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