Local MP, Scott Mann, has hit the national press with his decision to resign as a parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury.
In his undated letter, he wrote: “I fear elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents.
“I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered-down Brexit.” Scott said on his social media: “It is with a great deal of sadness that I have tendered my resignation as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury”.
He added: “The residents of North Cornwall made it very clear that they wish to have control over our fishery, our agricultural policy, our money, our laws and our borders. I will evaluate those principles against the Brexit white paper and ensure that I vote in line with their wishes.”
His resignation comes as MPs are set to vote on a series of Commons amendments which are intended to send a message to the prime minister on the strength of feeling surrounding her Chequers plan.
His resignation has received a mixed reaction on social media from those agreeing with his point of principle to the more cynical folk suggesting he is a ‘Brexiteer trying to distance himself from Brexit’. He joins various ministers and junior aides in his resignation. These include Boris Johnson who is presumably getting into position for the forthcoming leadership race once May is ousted.