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UK science minister quits over Brexit deal

Sam Gyimah, the UK universities and science minister, has quit his government role, saying he “cannot support” the negotiated agreement on the country’s departure from the EU.

“Having surrendered our voice, our vote and our veto, we will have to rely on the ‘best endeavours’ of the EU to strike a final agreement that works in our national interest,” he said on 30 November. “Our interests will be repeatedly and permanently hammered by the EU27 for many years to come.”

Gyimah said that the EU had already proved its superior negotiating position by kicking the UK out of the secure parts of its Galileo satellite navigation programme. “As minister with the responsibility for space technology I have seen first-hand the EU stack the deck against us time and time again,” he said. “Galileo is a clarion call that it will be ‘EU first’, and to think otherwise—whether you are a leaver or remainer—is at best incredibly naive.”

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