Robert Courts, a Parliamentary Private Secretary for the foreign office, has resigned his position stating his opposition to Theresa May’s plans for Brexit.
The MP for Whitney, who succeeded David Cameron in 2016, tweeted:
I have taken very difficult decision to resign position as PPS to express discontent with #Chequers in votes tomorrow. I had to think who I wanted to see in the mirror for the rest of my life. I cannot tell the people of WOxon that I support the proposals in their current form.
— Robert Courts MP (@robertcourts) July 15, 2018
His constituency voted to remain but Mr Courts campaigned to Leave in the referendum.
Courts is yet another Tory who has resigned over the chequers deal which has seen David Davis and Boris Johnson resign. The plan is not a hard enough Brexit for some arch-Brexiteers despite it meeting May’s aims about ending freedom of movement and will help solve the Irish border problem.
The plan has gone down badly with the electorate with the Tories dropping 3-4 points in many polls, UKIP being the main benefactor of the drop in support for the government.