David Jones, Conservative MP for Clwyd West and prominent Leave campaigner, has been dismissed from his role as Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, in a reshuffle of the government’s ministers on Monday evening.
Mr. Jones led the Welsh Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum and has played a large role in pushing for the government to adopt the ‘hard Brexit’ stance of leaving the single market and customs union.
The dismissal of one of the most ardent Brexiteers in Theresa May’s government – heavily respected by Leave Tory MPs – didn’t go down very well with some Conservatives.
One MP told Guido Fawkes that “one suspects the table banging would have gone on for a lot less than 25 seconds had she had the guts to complete her reshuffle before going to the 1922.”
The anger was further fuelled by the dismissal of Lord George Bridges from the position of Brexit minister in the Lords – another Brexiteer.