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Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Image copyrightUK Parliament Image captionMr Gyimah said he would be voting against Mrs May's Brexit deal                 A minister has resigned…

 Sam Gyimah

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Mr Gyimah said he would be voting against Mrs May’s Brexit deal

A minister has resigned saying a row about involvement in the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system shows the UK will be hammered in negotiations on a Brexit deal.

Sam Gyimah’s science and university minister quit after Mrs May said the UK was pulling out of Galileo.

The UK wanted to stay part of it but the EU said it would be banned from extra-secure elements of the project.

Mr Gyimah said it was a forerunner of the “brutal negotiations “to come.

He is the 1

0th member of government to resign over the agreement, which he dismissed as a “deal in name only”.

He said he intends to vote against the deal negotiated with Brussels, and called for another referendum.

The UK’s interests “will be repeatedly and permanently hammered by the EU27 for many years to come”, Mr Gyimah said in a Facebook post setting out his reasons for resigning.

However, prominent Brexiteer and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove has defended Mrs May’s plan, writing in the Daily Mail that leaving the EU is under the “great threat” if the deal is rejected by MPs.

Security interests

Galileo is the EU’s upcoming version of the US’s GPS, which was used by millions of people around the world, and will be used by EU governments, citizens, military and industry.

Brussels had said Det ville som et resultat av Brexit, at UK ikke ville få øjeblikkelig adgang til en del af systemet som var beregnet til brug af offentlige byråer, de væbnede styrker og nødresponsere, når det kom online i 2020.

But the UK, which has invested € 1.4bn (£ 1.24bn) in the project, said access was vital to its military and security interests.

Mr Gyimah told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “What has happened with Galileo is a forerunner of the brutal negotiations we will go through that will weaken our national interests, make us poorer and less secure.”

Mrs May has now said the British army will not use Galileo and the UK will instead explore options for building its own satellite navigation system – having already set aside £ 92m to see how it can be done.

” Jeg kan ikke lette vores armed services afhænger af et system vi kan ikke være sikre på, “fru May said.” Det ville ikke være i vår nationale interesse. “

Will more Remainers voice their fears?

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By Laura Kuenssberg, BBC political editor

As Theresa May was sitting down to a glittering evening with her fellow world leaders at the G20, news broke that Sam Gyimah had just become the latest minister to quit over Brexit.

He had a specific reason to leave. Men det er hans overordnede dom på fru May’s Brexit-kompromiss som vil virkelig skade.

There is some comfort overnight for Mrs May from Michael Gove, who is one of the leading voices in the Leave campaign, perhaps, urging his Brexiteer colleagues to get onboard.

But this latest resignation is another sign of how hard it will be for the prime minister to pass the vote that could define her future.

Read more from Laura here

Mr Gyimah, who voted for Remain in the referendum, said it was the right decision for Mrs May to leave the Galileo project, saying the negotiations had been “stacked against us from the very beginning “.

The MP for East Surrey has said that as minister with the responsibility for space technology, he had seen” the EU stacked the deck against us time and time again “.
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The European Union has put together Galileo as its own network of satellites

He told Today: “Looking at the deal in detail, we do not actually have a deal. We have a deal in name only.”

“We have given our voice, our veto and our vote. “

” If Parliament was in deadlock, Theresa May could get out of control. “

He urged Ms. May not to rule out another referendum if she loses the December 11 vote. of that deadlock by backing a second referendum, “he said.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it was” another very dangerous moment “for the prime minister – as she is not just losing another vote, but also because others may share

‘Matter of compromise’

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said he was “very sad” to see Mr Gyimah leave the government and that he had been “a very good minister.” [19659007] “All of my colleagues are going to have to make their own judgment about what they think about this deal,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.

He said that Mrs May’s deal should not be compared to an idealized version of Brexit.

Former Tory cabinet ministe Justin Greening, said Mr Gyimah was a “highly respected and capable minister” and praised him for not ruling out another vote.

And the Lib Dem’s education spokeswoman, Layla Moran, said Mr Gyimah’s exit showed the government was “falling apart”, and that he had “seen to close quarters the devastating effect that this broached will have on these important sectors”.

Matt Waddup, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the University and College Union, said: “This latest resignation shows that there are clear concerns about the impact of Brexit on research and innovation as well as higher and further education itself. 19659007] Image copyright
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“These concerns are shared by our members in colleges and universities who have clearly signaled that they want a referendum on any final deal.”

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Galileo satellites are now launching on Europe’s premier rocket, the Ariane 5

Many people’s sat navs and mobile location services currently run on a US military-based system called GPS – global positioning system – which uses satellites to pinpoint our locations. China and Russia also have satellite navigation positioning systems.

In 1999, the European Union embarked on a plan to put together its own network of satellites, called Galileo, so it was not reliant on the US, Russian and Chinese systems.

The first satellites were put into orbit in 2013 and it is planned to be fully operational in 2020 with 30 satellites orbiting earth.

UK companies have built components for Galileo and one of the project’s two Galileo Security Monitoring Centers was based in the UK, in Swanwick.

The government said there should be no noticeable impact for the public from withdrawing from the project, as devices that already use Galileo, such as smartphones, will carry on doing so.

It says UK industry has earned about € 1.15bn (£ 1.02bn) from the project, but when the BBC asked if any more money would be given back, a spokesman said the project was “part of the withdrawal agreement” and the UK had reached a fair financial settlement with the EU.

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