UK's Michael Gove won't resign over PM May's Brexit plan: Reports

Michael Gove Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team London, UK Nov 16, 2018, 04.33 PM (IST)

Prominent Brexiteer Michael Gove will not quit Prime Minister Theresa May's government, reports clarified on Friday.

The clarification came amid reports that speculated his resignation after four ministers quit the British cabinet on Thursday.

Michael Gove who is the environment minister in the British cabinet will remain in the government.

"Michael is staying at Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)," a source close to Gove told the Times. "He thinks it is important to continue working with Cabinet colleagues to ensure the best outcome for the country."

The Spectator magazine was the first to report that he would stay and the BBC also said he would remain in his job.

As the European Council president Donald Tusk announced the date to formalise the Brexit Deal, junior Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara resigned from the British government on Thursday.

Three other ministers including British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Britain's Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey and Junior Brexit Minister Suella Braverman too resigned in protest.

Britain has been part of the European Union for the past 46 years but British citizen had decided to pull the country out of the European Union two years in an open referendum.

Last week, The European Union and the British government had jointly published a 585-page detailed draft agreement of their Brexit deal that needed the approval of EU leaders and the British parliament.

(With inputs from agencies)

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The clarification came amid reports that speculated his resignation after four ministers quit the British cabinet on Thursday.