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Amber Rudd quits government over Johnson's Brexit stance

Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip saying she cannot "stand by" while "moderate Conservatives are expelled". The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the government's "main objective". Ms Rudd described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an "assault on decency and democracy". No 10 said it was "disappointed" by the resignation of a "talented" minister. But a spokesperson added that "all ministers who joined the Cabinet signed up to leaving the EU on 31 October come what may". Ms Rudd's resignation comes as PM Boris Johnson is reportedly considering defying a new law aimed at forcing him to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline if he fail ...