Sam Gyimah is the seventh minister to quit since Theresa May presented her Brexit deal | Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Science minister quits over Brexit deal as UK ends Galileo talks
Negotiation ‘stacked against us from the very beginning,’ says Sam Gyimah.
By Andrew Gray
Updated 12/1/18, 10:08 AM CET
U.K. Science Minister Sam Gyimah quit late Friday over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, after the government pulled out of “frustrating” talks on the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system which offered “only a foretaste of things to come.”
Gyimah, who served in the Education Department and did not have Cabinet rank, is the seventh minister to quit since May presented the Brexit deal negotiated by the British government and the EU to Cabinet two weeks ago. He said he would vote against the agreement in the House of Commons.
The government on Friday abandoned efforts to remain within the satellite project and is likely to forego the £1.2 billion it has already invested in the scheme.
“After careful consideration and reflection, I cannot support the Government’s deal and as such, I have tended my resignation as Universities and Science Minister,” Gyimah, who voted Remain in the EU referendum, said in a Facebook post.
“The government is finally pulling out of frustrating negotiations over Galileo, the EU’s strategic Satellite Navigation system. The PM is right to call time on a negotiation that was stacked against us from the very beginning. But Galileo is only a foretaste of what’s to come under the Government’s Brexit deal,” he said.