What Happened: Amber Rudd resigned from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Cabinet on Sept. 7, saying she could not support his handling of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union or his decision to ban 21 members from the Conservative Party for voting to stop a no-deal Brexit, Reuters reported. The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the European Union with an exit agreement was the government's "main objective."
Why It Matters: Rudd's resignation will pile further political pressure on Johnson. It caps a dramatic and tumultuous week that cost Johnson his majority in Parliament, seen his brother, Jo, also resign in protest and left his Brexit strategy in tatters.
Background: Johnson says he wants to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal with the bloc. Brexit remains up in the air more than three years after Britons voted to leave the EU.
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