DOMINIC RAAB and Esther McVey were among seven members of the government to resign yesterday.
In his resignation letter Mr Raab, the Brexit secretary, said he could not support the backstop plan to avoid a hard Northern Irish border.
Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara and Brexit minister Suella Braverman, who was ‘unable to sincerely support the deal,’ also quit.
Others leaving their posts included Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Education, Ranil Jayawardena, a PPS in the Ministry of Justice, and Rehman Chishti MP, a Tory vice-chairman.
Mr Chishti said he quit because of the Brexit deal but also because he was disappointed by the ‘lack of leadership’ shown by the government in the case of Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy in Pakistan and is now seeking asylum in the UK.
The resignations came days after Jo Johnson, the Remain-supporting brother of Boris, quit as transport minister. He said Mrs May was leading the country towards a ‘terrible mistake’ and has called for a second Brexit referendum.
David Davis and Boris Johnson quit — as Brexit secretary and foreign secretary respectively — within hours of each other in July over Mrs May’s Chequers proposals for Brexit.
The prime minister has also faced a string of non-Brexit related high-profile resignations since the 2017 general election, including Amber Rudd, Michael Fallon and Priti Patel.