Culture secretary Margot James has resigned after refusing to back the government in a vote designed to prevent the next prime minister from suspending Parliament in order to push through a no-deal Brexit.
The current favourite to take over the leadership of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, is adamant the UK needs to leave the EU by October 31st.
In order to do so it had been suggested that he might delay the State Opening of Parliament, suspending it from sitting.
But a Group of MPs led by Chancellor Phillip Hammond broke ranks with the government and abstained in Thursday’s vote.
Ms James took on the role of Minister of State for Digital and the Creative in January 2018.