January 14, 2019 / 1:26 PM / 6 months ago

Enforcer in UK PM May's Conservative Party quits over Brexit deal

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A lawmaker, who helped enforce discipline in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party, quit his role on Monday over her Brexit deal with the European Union which faces a crucial vote in parliament on Tuesday.

“Over the last few weeks, I have tried to reconcile my duties as a Whip to assist the Government to implement the European Withdrawal Agreement, with my own personal objection to the agreement,” Gareth Johnson wrote in a resignation letter to May.

“I have concluded that I cannot, in all conscience, support the Government’s position when it is clear this deal would be detrimental to our nation’s interests.” (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Costas Pitas)

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