Stephen Phillips has resigned due to disagreements among ministers about Britain’s plan post-EU.
Reporter: Daniel Khalili-Tari | Subeditor: Maria Llamas Diaz
Phillips who voted Leave wants Britain to remain in the EU’s single market, which would likely mean maintaining the free movement of people. An agreement which many Brexiteers want Britain to withdraw from.
The news brings further attention to the ongoing Brexit debate, in which London overwhelmingly voted to Remain.
In a statement the Lincolnshire MP said:
“It has become clear to me over the last few months that my growing and very significant policy differences with the current government mean that I am unable properly to represent the people who elected me.
“This decision has been a difficult one and I hope that everyone will respect the fact that I have tried to act in the best interests of all of my constituents.”
Phillips is the second Conservative MP to stand down in recent weeks, after Zac Goldsmith MP for Richmond Park triggered a by-election due to the government’s decision to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.