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Minister for universities and science resigns over May’s ‘naive’ Brexit deal

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The minister for universities and science Sam Gyimah has resigned in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal., calling it “naive”.

Mr Gyimah, who has been tipped as a future leader for the party, said any deal struck with Brussels will be “EU first”.

Writing on his Facebook, the East Surrey MP said: “After careful consideration and reflection, I cannot support the Government’s deal and as such, I have tended my resignation as Universities and Science Minister.”

The Conservative MP, who campaigned for Remain, labelled negotiations over Galileo, the EU’s strategic Satellite Navigation system, “a foretaste of what’s to come under the government’s Brexit deal.”

Mr Gyimah believes Theresa May, who is currently at the G20 summit on a mission to persuade world leaders a post-Brexit UK will make for good trade partners, should not rule out a second referendum.

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