Amber Rudd quits cupboard blaming Brexit inaction

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Media captionAmber Rudd: “80-90% of supervision time is going into scheming for no-deal”

Amber Rudd has quit Boris Johnson’s cabinet, with an outspoken conflict on a government’s proceed to Brexit.

The ex-work and pensions secretary pronounced a supervision was carrying no “formal negotiations” with a EU about a new deal, usually “conversations”.

Instead, 80-90% of Brexit work was spent scheming for an “inferior” no-deal option, she said.

But Chancellor Sajid Javid pronounced ministers were “straining each sinew” to get a understanding with a EU.

He told a BBC’s Andrew Marr Show a “tremendous volume of effort” had left into securing a revised deal.

Mr Javid combined that preparations for a no-deal unfolding would “concentrate minds” in Europe per operative towards a new agreement.

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Downing Street says sourroundings apportion Therese Coffey will reinstate Ms Rudd as work and pensions secretary.

BBC domestic match Jonathan Blake pronounced a primary apportion spent Sunday assembly his closest advisers during a government’s panorama chateau Chevening House, in Kent, “perhaps formulation a subsequent move”.

Ms Rudd told a Sunday Times she would be deliberation either to mount as an eccentric Conservative should there be an ubiquitous election.

In her resignation letter to a primary minister, Ms Rudd said: “I assimilated your cupboard in good faith: usurpation that no-deal had to be on a table, given it was a means by that we would have a best probability of achieving a new understanding to leave on 31 October.

“However, we no longer trust withdrawal with a understanding is a government’s categorical objective.”

She called a PM’s preference to ban 21 MPs from a parliamentary Conservative celebration an “act of domestic vandalism”, after her former colleagues rebelled final week over a check designed to equivocate a no-deal Brexit.

“If we turn a celebration that has no place for a form of moderates that we am, a centre-right Conservatives, afterwards we will not win [a ubiquitous election],” she said.

Analysis: ‘More ministers considering resigning’

by John Pienaar, BBC emissary domestic editor

Amber Rudd’s abdication was symptomatic of a deeper onslaught going on inside a supervision and inside a Conservative Party.

Whatever anyone says, a series of ministers are deliberate to be secretly unfortunate with a government’s devise and considering a probability of resigning in a arise of Amber Rudd’s resignation.

The former chancellor, Philip Hammond, was observant this weekend that usurpers were branch a Tory celebration into an impassioned worried sect.

He was clearly referring to people like a primary minister’s famously abrasive, divisive adviser, Dominic Cummings.

But there’s no pointer of a middle round in No 10 relenting or repenting – usually a opposite.

One apportion pronounced to me today: “Look during a opinion polls. Tories good forward – it’s working.” Losing colleagues, to him, was material damage.

Ms Rudd, a MP for Hastings and Rye, who upheld Remain in a 2016 referendum, has quiescent a Tory whip – definition she will sojourn an MP though no longer lay as partial of a Conservative celebration in Parliament.

She told a BBC there was “very small evidence” a supervision would get a new Brexit deal, and she had usually perceived a “one-page summary” of efforts to get an agreement when she asked for sum progressing this week.

She pronounced “proper discussions about policy” had not been holding place, suggesting comparison ministers had singular impasse in a PM’s decisions.

Cabinet ministers had also not been shown authorised recommendation to a primary apportion about his preference to prorogue – or postpone – Parliament from subsequent week until 14 October, Ms Rudd said.

Asked who was using a country, if not a cabinet, she replied: “If we knew that, we would maybe have had serve conversations with a primary minister, or them.”

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Mr Javid pronounced Ms Rudd was “my friend, not usually my colleague”

However, Mr Javid pronounced there had been “progress” in talks with a EU about creation changes to former PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal, that was deserted 3 times by a House of Commons.

He pronounced a supervision has “many new ideas” for proposals to mangle a deadlock over a quarrelsome backstop plan in a understanding aiming to safety seamless limit on a island of Ireland.

However he pronounced it would be “madness” to speak by a sum of a government’s proposals openly.

“Anyone who understands how traffic works, we would not plead those in public,” he added.

What has a greeting been to her resignation?

Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt pronounced Ms Rudd’s depart was “desperately unhappy news”, describing her as “one of a many scrupulous and means ministers I’ve worked with”.

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond tweeted that a Conservative Party had been “taken over by unelected advisors, entryists and usurpers”.

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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted that her depart showed Mr Johnson’s supervision was “falling apart”.

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery pronounced a abdication was a pointer that “no one trusts” Mr Johnson. “The primary apportion has run out of management in record time and his Brexit devise has been unprotected as a sham,” he said.

SNP Westminster personality Ian Blackford called on a primary apportion to resign, arguing he had “no support or credit left”.

But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab pronounced Mr Johnson had done transparent to all his cupboard ministers they indispensable to support his process of withdrawal a EU by 31 October, in all circumstances.

“We all supposed that, and we consider a primary apportion was right to revive some fortify – and we consider he’s right to design it from his tip team,” he told Sky News.

Media captionSajid Javid: “We are operative wholeheartedly, straining each sinew, to get a deal”

In other developments:

  • Senior ministers insist Mr Johnson won’t mangle a new law that says he contingency find a Brexit prolongation from a EU if no new understanding has been concluded by 14 Oct – though a UK will still leave with or though a understanding on 31 October
  • The supervision is formulation – in a crack of gathering – to mount a claimant opposite a Speaker of a Commons, John Bercow, during a subsequent election
  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France will not be means to support another Brexit check “in a stream circumstances”
  • Asked to order out a probable agreement with The Brexit Party during a destiny election, Mr Javid says a Tories “don’t need an electoral fondness with anyone”
  • Former Labour MP Angela Smith has assimilated a Liberal Democrats, job them “the strongest celebration to stop Brexit”.

Who is Amber Rudd?

  • The 56-year aged has been MP for Hastings and Rye in East Sussex given 2010
  • Her infancy in a 2017 choosing was usually 346 votes
  • In a 2016 referendum, she was a Remain believer – her hermit helped to account a campaign
  • Ms Rudd was allocated home secretary in Jul 2016
  • She resigned as home secretary in 2018 over a Windrush scandal, observant she “inadvertently misled” MPs
  • But an exploration concluded she was let down by her officials and she returned to a cabinet as work and pensions secretary months later
  • Ms Rudd was married for 5 years to a late publisher and author AA Gill
  • An Edinburgh University graduate, she formerly worked in banking and recruitment
  • She was credited as a consultant on a 1994 strike film Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • In a 2016 Tory care debates, she described Boris Johnson as a “life and essence of a celebration though not a male we wish pushing we home during a finish of a evening”.

Who is Therese Coffey?

  • Ms Coffey was initial inaugurated as MP for Suffolk Coastal in 2010
  • She has hold a series of supervision positions including Commons emissary leader, partner whip and, many recently, sourroundings minister
  • She corroborated Remain in a 2016 referendum and after voted in foster of Theresa May’s Brexit deal
  • However, she has given oral about a need to honour a referendum outcome and corroborated Mr Johnson’s Tory care bid.

The week ahead


  • MPs opinion again on either to trigger an early choosing – a opinion is approaching to destroy
  • The cross-party check designed to forestall a no-deal Brexit on 31 Oct is set to benefit stately assent
  • Parliament could be prorogued (suspended) until 14 Oct from Monday though this could occur as late as Thursday
  • Mr Johnson meets Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar


  • Mr Johnson is due to seem in front of a Commons’ Liaison Committee, done adult of a chairs of all name committees, confronting questions on Brexit, amicable process and meridian change
  • A statute is approaching from Scotland’s top polite justice on either a proroguing of Parliament is illegal, in response to an interest by a organisation of MPs and peers


  • This is a final day Parliament could be prorogued

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