Two Indian-origin ministers in the EU cabinets - Shailesh Vara and Suella Braverman - have resigned their positions in protest at the draft withdrawal agreement passed by the British Cabinet.
Shailesh Vara, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, and Suella Braverman, a junior minister within the Ministry for Exiting the EU, tendered their resignations to the Prime Minister in letters made public. They join more senior figures, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey. Sri Lankan-origin Ranil Jayawardena also stepped down as a Minister. Vara became the first minister to tender his resignation following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, after which Prime Minister Theresa May said she had gained Cabinet backing on the terms of the deal.
In his letter, Vara said that he could not support an agreement that left Britain in a “half-way house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation. “There is every possibility that the UK-EU trade deal that we seek will take years to conclude. We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he warned.