Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has become the latest cabinet minister to quit the government over Brexit a fresh blow to Theresa May’s authority.
The Brexiteer said Prime Minister’s draft Brexit deal “does not honour the result of the referendum” and she “could not look my constituents in the eye” over the plans.
Her departure comes shortly after the shock resignations of Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara, which raises major questions over the future of Ms May’s leadership.
Westminster is braced for fresh resignations in the coming hours, as speculation mounts around the future of Brexiteer cabinet ministers such as Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom.
It also ramps up fears that furious Conservative MPs could topple Ms May by submitting enough letters of no-confidence to trigger a leadership challenge.