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Guildford MP quits as Education Minister

Guildford MP quits as Education Minister

Published by Josh Kerr at 11:18am 23rd July 2019. (Updated at 1:51pm 24th July 2019)

Member of Parliament for Guildford Anne Milton has resigned as Education Minister.

It comes less than an hour before the new leader of the Tory party is to be announced, with many expecting it to be Boris Johnson.

She has quit the government over "grave concerns" about the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal.

It follows Sir Alan Duncan's resignation from the Foreign Office yesterday.

In a statement, she said:

"I abstained last week on the amendment on the prorogation of Parliament and have reflected on this, in my view if we are to leave the EU it is essential we maintain a close relationship with our nearest neighbours and biggest trading partners and I will continue to support the Government as it tries to find a way to achieve this. 

"I had hoped we could have left the EU on 29 March, and regret that this was not possible.  

"It has been an honour and privilege to serve in Government for the last 9 years. 

"I am proud of what we have achieved, particularly my final role implementing the Apprenticeship Programme which will be vital for the country's future after Brexit.

"I will continue to represent my constituents, but I believe I can do this most effectively from the backbenches."

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