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‘Final humiliation’: Minister George Eustice quits over possible Brexit delay | Politics News



Agriculture minister George Eustice has resigned over Theresa May’s decision to allow a vote on delaying Brexit if her deal is rejected again by MPs.

In his resignation letter to the prime minister, Mr Eustice said he wants to be “free to participate in the critical debate that will take place in the weeks ahead”.

The MP for Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall said he fears events in Parliament this week “will lead to a series of events culminating in the EU dictating the terms of any extension requested and the final humiliation of our country”.

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Mr Eustice said he would vote for Mrs May’s deal when it comes back before MPs, but added that Britain should not be fearful of leaving without a deal.

Accusing Brussels of failing to conduct the exit negotiations “honourably”, he added: “If the position of Parliament is now that we will refuse to leave without an agreement then we are somewhat stuck.

“This is uncomfortable for everyone, but we cannot negotiate a successful Brexit unless we are prepared to walk through the door.

“We must therefore have the courage, if necessary, to reclaim our freedom first and talk afterwards.

“We must be ready to face down the European Union here and now. The absence of an agreement poses risks and costs for them too.”

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