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Ministerial aide quits over Northern Irish backstop

Theresa May faces further crisis as Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s parliamentary aide quits over Northern Irish Brexit backstop

  • Will Qunice was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary 
  • The 35-year-old Colchester MP said he opposed the Northern Ireland backstop
  • He said he wanted to support the PM’s deal but the backstop prevented him 
  • Theresa May is facing defeat when she brings her deal before Parliament  

Prime Minister Theresa May has been struck by another resignation after the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s aide quit over her proposed Brexit deal. 

Colchester MP Will Quince urged the Prime Minister to return to Brussels and renegotiate the deal to remove the Northern Irish backstop. 

Quince, 35, is the latest figure to resign over the Brexit deal. 

Colchester MP Will Quince resigned as Defence Secretary Parliamentary Private Secretary over Theresa May’s Brexit deal

PM Theresa May, pictured, is facing defeat in Parliament on Tuesday when MPs vote on whether to accept her Brexit deal which includes the Northern Irish backstop

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Qunice said: ‘I wanted to support this Withdrawal Agreement, and I still want to support it, but unless the backstop is addressed to include either an end date or a unilateral exit mechanism, I cannot support it and so am resigning from the Government as a Parliamentary Private Secretary.

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‘I implore the Prime Minister to go back to the European Union and find another way, to make this Withdrawal Agreement something we can all support.’ 

The PM has insisted she will seek parliamentary support for her Brexit deal on Tuesday, despite the opposition of a large number of MPs including a considerable proportion of her own party. 

Earlier this month, unversities and science minister Sam Gyimah resigned from government. 

He was the seventh minister to quit since Theresa May published her withdrawal proposal last month. 

Mrs May’s position next week is incredibly perilous as she is apposed by both Leave and Remain wings of her party. Her proposals are also opposed by all other parties in Westminster – including the DUP who provide her with her tight majority. 

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