NORTH East Hampshire’s MP has joined the string of ministerial resignations today in the wake of a draft agreement being agreed on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

MP Ranil Jayawardena has resigned from his role of parliamentary private secretary to the ministry of justice.

Mr Jayawardena joins the likes of Dominic Raab, Esther McVey and Shailesh Vara who have all submitted letters of resignation today over the UK's draft Brexit agreement with the EU.

The North East Hampshire MP said that the draft agreement proposed to Brussels puts other commitments the government has promised UK residents at risk.

In his letter of resignation from the junior ministerial role, Mr Jayawardena wrote: “This is a pivotal time for the United Kingdom. It is important to deliver on the democratic decision of the people.

“It is important to get the right deal for our country. And it is important for every member to act in good conscience.

“That is why, with regret, I must offer my resignation as parliamentary private secretary to the minister of justice.”

He added: “I cannot agree, in the cold light of day, that the deal in front of us today is right for our country.

“It does not deliver a good and fair Brexit.”

Mr Jayawardena went on to say that he entered the public service not to be defined by the European question but to deliver for his constituents.

He added: “I will continue to work hard from the backbenches to deliver on these priorities and for my constituents as their local Member of Parliament.”

The Brexit Secretary, Mr Raab, who helped draw up the agreement, was the first MP to resign this morning, saying the document had major flaws.