Universities minister resigns over Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Universities minister resigns over Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has resigned from his role as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, describing the Prime Minister’s deal as giving us the UK’s ‘voice and vote’.

Mr Gyimah announced his resignation on Friday night, saying that Theresa May’s deal could be “potentially crippling ourselves politically and economically for decades to come.”

The Universities and Science Minister said that the UK’s pulling out of Galileo, the EU’s strategic Satellite Navigation System, was “only a foretaste” of what is to come with May’s Brexit deal.

“The government is finally pulling out of frustrating negotiations over Galileo, the EU’s strategic Satellite Navigation system,” he wrote.

“The PM is right to call time on a negotiation that was stacked against us from the very beginning. But Galileo is only a foretaste of what’s to come under the Government’s Brexit deal.”

Mr Gyimah is the 10th member of Government to resign over May’s Brexit proposals. 

He said he would vote against May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement because “we will be losing, not taking control of our national destiny.”

Mr Gyimah used his resignation to call for another referendum, adding “we all now have a better understanding of the potential paths before us.”

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