Senior UK diplomat quits, says she is not going to ‘peddle half-truths’ over Brexit

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Alexandra Corridor Corridor resigned – PA

A senior British diplomat in Washington has resigned, saying she didn’t need to “peddle half-truths” over Brexit for a authorities she didn’t belief, CNN reported on Friday.

Britons head to the polls on Dec. 12 for an election which can determine the destiny of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have mentioned they are going to ship Brexit by the top of January, whereas the opposition Labour Get together, who’re trailing within the polls, plans to renegotiate the exit deal and put it to a different referendum.

Citing a replica of her resignation letter, dated Dec. 3, CNN reported Alexandra Corridor Corridor, who had been Brexit Counsellor within the British embassy in Washington since 2018, mentioned her place had develop into “insufferable personally, and untenable professionally”.

“I’ve been more and more dismayed by the way in which wherein our political leaders have tried to ship Brexit, with reluctance to handle truthfully, even with our personal residents, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit includes,” she wrote.

“It makes our job to advertise democracy and the rule of legislation that a lot tougher, if we’re not seen to be upholding these core values at dwelling.”

A former British ambassador to Georgia who had labored for the overseas workplace for 33 years, Corridor Corridor mentioned her choice to stop had nothing to do with being “for or in opposition to Brexit, per se”.

“I’m additionally at a stage in life the place I would favor to do one thing extra rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a authorities I don’t belief,” she wrote.

Requested throughout a televised election debate whether or not it nervous him {that a} main British diplomat had made such feedback, Johnson mentioned: “I do not know who you are referring to.”

“What it reveals to me is that we have to transfer on as a rustic as a result of there are many people who find themselves irreconcilably against Brexit and I believe that truly what we must always do is respect the need of the individuals,” he added.

The Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace confirmed Corridor Corridor had resigned however a spokeswoman mentioned it could not touch upon the element of a person’s resignation.

CNN mentioned Corridor Corridor’s position concerned explaining Britain’s method to Brexit to U.S. politicians and that she felt her diplomatic position had been co-opted to ship messages that have been “neither absolutely trustworthy nor politically neutral”.

It mentioned she had filed a proper grievance about being requested to convey overtly partisan language on Brexit in Washington.

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