London: Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip saying she cannot “stand by” while “moderate Conservatives are expelled”. Amber Rudd said she no longer believed leaving the European Union with a deal was the Boris Johnson government’s “main objective”, the BBC reported on Saturday. Amber Rudd described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an “assault on decency and democracy”. No. 10 said it was “disappointed” by the resignation of a “talented” minister. But a spokesperson added that “all ministers who joined the Cabinet signed up to leaving the European Union on October 31 come what may”.
A senior government source said, “resignations to chase headlines won’t change the fact that people want Brexit done so that government can deliver on domestic priorities”. Labour said Amber Rudd’s resignation showed the government was “falling apart”. (IANS)