Reaction to Dr Lee’s resignation – ‘a major blow’ for Prime Minister Theresa May

People offer their views on MP's decision to quit over Brexit


The resignation of Dr Phillip Lee has been described as a major blow for the Government, while the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that “He is categorically not the only Tory MP among the younger ranks who is upset and irritated by how the government is handling Brexit”.

She added that she had been told by a source that the October Conservative party conference “would be the ‘biggest beauty parade ever’, with it becoming increasingly clear in their view, that the day of Brexit will be the moment when pressure on Theresa May will become untenable.”

Dr Lee’s voice adds one more to the band of potential rebels against the government that could defeat them in Parliament. More than that, his decision might give other ministers in the middle ranks the courage to speak out too.

  • Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News

And Metro’s report of Dr Lee’s resignation is headlined “Theresa May suffers major blow as justice minister Dr Phillip Lee quits over Brexit”.

The Liberal Democrats press office is warning that Dr Lee’s resignation is a sign of things to come.

“The Tories are stumbling towards a disastrous Brexit that will damage our economy and Britain’s place in the world,” they warn.



Not everyone agrees with Dr Lee’s decision. One person said that his constituents would not be pleased:


And it’s possible that Dr Lee’s stance could cause a by-election.

One commentator suggested that Dr Lee will be called to his constituency next week, but the local Conservative office was not picking up the phone when we tried calling – so this remains unconfirmed at this time.


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Phil Creighton

Publisher of The Wokingham Paper

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