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Cornish MP quits government role over Brexit

sarah newton

Published by Emma Carton at 7:20am 14th March 2019. (Updated at 1:34pm 14th March 2019)

The MP for Truro and Falmouth has resigned from government after the latest Brexit vote.

On Wednesday night, MPs voted against the idea of leaving the EU without an agreement.

Cornwall's Sarah Newton was among them, even thought the result is non-binding.

She quit as Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, to 'honour her commitment to her constituents'.

"At the last general election I was given a mandate by my constituents to deliver Brexit, with an orderly transition to a new, close and special relationship with the EU. To deliver Brexit with 'a deal' not a 'no deal' Brexit.

"I believe the Withdrawal Agreement and the Future Political Declaration deliver on that manifesto pledge and will continue to support it.

"Today, I resigned from the Government so that I could vote for a motion that honours my commitment to my constituents, to leave the EU with 'a deal'.

"Like many of my constituents, I have been inspired by the personal courage and resilience of the Prime Minister and will continue to support her Herculean effort to secure enough support from across the House to leave the EU with a deal".

Sarah Newton

What has happened with Brexit so far?

On Monday night, MPs voted against Theresa May's latest deal for leaving the EU.

On Tuesday night, they rejected idea of a 'no-deal Brexit under any circumstances' in a non-binding vote.

What happens now?

MPs will vote on a motion that if the Commons votes for Theresa May's withdrawal deal by next Wednesday, the government will seek to extend the Article 50 transition period until June 30th.

That vote is happening on Thursday evening.

You can watch what the other options might be below...

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