Stephen Phillips, a Eurosceptic Conservative MP, has announced today he is resigning from Government with immediate effect. This is in reaction to prime minister Theresa May’s attempt to bypass Parliament having a vote on the terms of Brexit before Article 50 was triggered in March 2017. For more information on the landmark court case yesterday, please see blog Government loses Article 50 High Court case: Brexit cannot be triggered without Parliament vote.
The Conservative MP for Sleaford & North Hykeham who voted to leave the EU cited “growing and significant policy differences with the government” driving him to quit, which triggers a by-election in his Lincolnshire seat. Phillips is also reported as criticising the Tory party for becoming “Ukip-lite”.
Phillips is the second Tory MP to stand down in recent weeks, with Zac Goldsmith last week forcing a by-election over his opposition to expanding Heathrow airport.