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Phillip Lee claims his resignation will not hands the keys of No.10 to Jeremy Corbyn

The former Justice Minister made the unexpected move while he was giving a speech at the Bright Blue think tank and was applauded by Labour Remainer MPs in the chamber and praised by leading Tory rebels including Anna Soubry and health select committee chairwoman Sarah Wollaston.

Remainers claimed last night his resignation had forced the Government to compromise on a meaningful vote potentially opening the door for Brexit to be reversed.

However, in a column he wrote for The Times on Wednesday, Dr Lee claimed he “fully supports” Theresa May’s leadership of “our party and our country.”

The Bracknell MP said: “It was incredibly sad for me to have to announce my resignation as a government minister.

“This was an extraordinarily difficult decision and one that I am devastated to have had to take.

Dr Lee said he felt “he had no other choice” than to resign as he cannot ignore “the fact that Brexit as it is currently being pursued is set to affect my constituency’s people, businesses, economy and culture negatively”.

He wrote:”I am delighted that the government has recognised that it was wrong to deny parliament a meaningful vote on the outcome of negotiations, that MPs must not be trapped into making a fake choice between a ‘bad deal’ or ‘no deal’ without any further reference to the British people.

“Bad or worse is not a coherent option.

“That in itself justifies my resignation and makes it a lot less painful.

In his column, the MP also claimed his bold move does not mean a victory for Labour.

He wrote: “I do not believe that my resignation hands the keys of No 10 to Jeremy Corbyn, far from it.

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Dr Lee claimed he ‘fully supports” Theresa May’s leadership of “our party and our country”

“But it has made the Government think again — and it now intends to do the right thing.”

There are now fears other ministers who backed Remain may follow in Mr Lee’s footsteps before the summer ends, with five names from the mid-ranks of the Government on a danger list.

A leading Tory rebel said: “I know of at least five ministers who are itching to go because of the mess Brexit has got to.

“It has been terribly mishandled and they feel they can no longer put their names to it.”

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