Brandon Lewis resigns as Boris Johnson’s Northern Ireland secretary

Brandon Lewis has stepped down as Secretary of Northern Ireland and others may soon follow (Image: PA)

Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis is the fourth Cabinet minister to resign.

He warned the Prime Minister he had “passed the point of no return” and urged him to leave Downing Street.

The Prime Minister is set for more senior figures to resign today as the slow-motion collapse of his government enters a third day.

Allies of Mr Johnson say he is determined to keep fighting, but today appears to be another one in which his authority is crumbling.

The number of ministers and other senior figures who have resigned and urged the prime minister to do the same has reached 50.

Mr Lewis wrote on Twitter: “Decent and responsible government is based on honesty, integrity and mutual respect – it is a matter of deep personal regret that I have to leave government as I no longer believe those values ​​are upheld.”

It was reported last night that he had privately asked Mr Johnson to resign privately, but reports of his resignation have been denied by his team.

According to the BBC, during a flight from Belfast to London last night, Mr Lewis was verbally abused by a passenger who took his continued presence in Cabinet as support for the Prime Minister.

He is leaving the cabinet along with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart.

Mr Lewis was also joined by Helen Whately, who stepped down as junior Treasury Secretary this morning.

Security Secretary Damian Hinds has also resigned, accusing the Prime Minister of presiding over a “serious erosion” of “belief in our democracy”.

George Freeman, the Science Secretary, was the fourth to resign before 7.30am, writing: “The mess at No 10, the collapse of Cabinet collective responsibility, the abandonment of the Ministerial Code, the defense of inappropriateness and contempt for Parliament are all insults the conservatism I believe in and stand for.”

Who has left the government so far?

  • Sajid Javid – Minister of Health
  • Rishi Sunak – Chancellor
  • Will Quince – Minister for Children and Families
  • Alex Chalk – Attorney General
  • Bim Afolami – Vice Chairman of the Tory
  • Laura Trott – PPS to the Department of Transport
  • Andrew Murrison – Trade Envoy for Morocco
  • Jonathan Gullis – PPS to the Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Saqib Bhatti – PPS to the Minister of Health
  • Nicola Richards – PPS for the Department of Transport
  • Virginia Crosbie – PPS to Welsh Office
  • Theo Clarke – Trade Ambassador for Kenya
  • Robin Walker – School Minister
  • John Glen – Business Secretary to the Treasury
  • Felicity Buchan – PPS to the Economics Department
  • Victoria Atkins – Secretary of Prisons
  • Jo Churchill – Secretary of Health
  • Stuart Andrew – Secretary for Housing
  • Claire Coutinho – PPS to Treasury
  • Selaine Saxby – PPS to the Treasury
  • David Johnston – PPS to the Department of Education
  • Kemi Badenoch – Minister for Equality and Local Government
  • Julia Lopez – Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure
  • Lee Rowley – Secretary of Industry
  • Neil O’Brien – Rising Minister
  • Alex Burghart – Skills Minister
  • Mims Davies – Secretary of Labor
  • Duncan Baker – PPS for the Department of Advancement, Housing and Communities
  • Craig Williams – PPS to Treasury Department
  • David Duguid – Trade Ambassador for Angola and Zambia
  • Rachel Maclean – Secretary of the Home Office
  • Mark Logan – PPS to the Northern Ireland Office
  • Mike Freer – Secretary of State for Exports and Equality
  • Mark Fletcher – PPS to the Department of Economics
  • Sara Britcliffe – PPS to the Department of Education
  • Ruth Edwards – PPS to Scottish Office
  • Peter Gibson – PPS to the Department for International Trade
  • David Duiguid – Trade Ambassador for Angola and Zambia
  • James Sunderland – PPS at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Jacob Young – PPS at the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities
  • James Daly – PPS at the Department for Works and Pensions
  • David Mundell, Trade Ambassador for New Zealand
  • James Davies – PPS at the Department of Health
  • Gareth Davies – PPS at the Department of Health
  • Danny Kruger – PPS in the Department for Leveling Up, Housing & Communities
  • Simon Hart – Welsh Secretary
  • Edward Argar – Secretary of Health
  • Brandon Lewis – Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Helen Whately – Treasury Secretary
  • George Freeman – Minister of Science
  • Damian Hinds – Secretary of Security

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