British Prime Minister was dealt a fresh blow on Sunday after she suffered the eighth resignation over her Brexit plans.
Robert Courts, a junior ministerial aide, left his role announcing via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that he could not look himself in the mirror if he had been forced to defend the prime minister’s plans.
The MP for Witney, who represents David Cameron’s former seat of Witney in Oxfordshire, indicated he would vote against the government in a house of commons vote on Monday.
Courts’ resignation follows those of David Davis, Boris Johnson and Steve Baker last week, with more suspected in anger over the proposals set out in Ms May’s latest Brexit white paper.
Mr Courts said he “had to think who I wanted to see in the mirror for the rest of my life”, adding he could not tell the people of his West Oxfordshire constituency he supports the prime minister’s proposals “in their current form”.
Ms May is trying to push through two bills this week, with Brexiteer rebels placing wrecking amendments on them.
Labour has said it will not support the amendments making it unlikely they will go through, but it could give the Brexiteers an opportunity to show their strength.
Ms May appealed to warring Tory MPs to back her blueprint for Brexit and avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU which she said would damage Britain’s interests.
The PM said she had been forced to come forward with the revised proposals after the EU had offered two options, neither of which was acceptable.
“Faced with that we had an option. We could go for no deal, no deal is still there, it is still possible, but I think the best thing for the UK is to have deal that sets a good relationship with our trading partners in the future.” Ms May said.
She added: “So if we were going to find something that was Britain’s interest, that delivered on the referendum and that was negotiable, we had to make what is a compromise but is a positive in terms of the benefits it gives us.”
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg warned trust in the PM was waning amid acrimonious claims key ministers, including Mr Davis, were kept in the dark about her proposals.
He accused her of failing to embrace the opportunities of Brexit, saying she was “a Remainer who remained a Remainer”.