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


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

FILE PHOTO: European Union and British flags flutter in entrance of a chancellery forward of a go to of British Prime Minister Theresa Could in Berlin, Germany, April 9, 2019. Information/Hannibal Hanschke

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 stated they may 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 duplicate of her resignation letter, dated Dec. three, CNN reported Alexandra Corridor Corridor, who had been Brexit Counsellor within the British embassy in Washington since 2018, stated her place had develop into “insufferable personally, and untenable professionally”.

“I’ve been more and more dismayed by the way in which by which our political leaders have tried to ship Brexit, with reluctance to deal with actually, even with our personal residents, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit entails,” 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 residence.”

A former British ambassador to Georgia who had labored for the international workplace for 33 years, Corridor Corridor stated her choice to give up 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 like 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 fearful him that a main British diplomat had made such feedback, Johnson stated: “I don’t know who you’re 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 feel that truly what we must always do is respect the desire of the folks,” he added.

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

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

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

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan and Daniel Wallis