Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has turn out to be the fourth cabinet minister to resign from the cabinet, telling Boris Jonson that authorities requires “honesty, integrity and mutual respect”.
As the prime minister defies calls from all wings of the Tory social gathering to resign as he haemorrhages assist, Mr Lewis mentioned he “cannot sacrifice my person integrity to defend things as they stand now”.
The senior minister, who was appointed to the position in early 2020, revealed his resignation after Mr Johnson vowed to “fight on” regardless of a delegation of cabinet ministers pleading with him to step down from No 10 final night time.
In a dramatic transfer, the prime minister also sacked cabinet minister Michael Gove, after the levelling up secretary informed him he had misplaced the assist of the Conservative Party throughout a non-public assembly.
But Mr Lewis informed Mr Johnson in a letter that he had “given you, and those around you, the benefit of the doubt”, including:”I’ve gone out and defended this authorities each publicly and privately,”
“We are, however, now past the point of no return. I cannot sacrifice my personal integrity to defend things as they stand now.
“It is clear that our Party, parliamentary colleagues, volunteers and the whole country, deserve better.”
Mr Lewis’s letter on Thursday morning additionally coincided with Treasury minister Helen Whately and safety minister Damian Hinds quitting the federal government, because the mass resginations continued.
Ms Whately – a frequent defender of Mr Johnson on the airwaves – informed the prime minister there “are only so many times you can apologise and move on”.
Mr Hinds mentioned in his personal resignation letter: “It shouldn’t take theresignation of dozens of colleagues, but for our country, and trust in ourdemocracy, we must have a change of leadership.”