Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, Resigns as Science and Universities Minister

Sam Gyimah, the MP for East Surrey, resigned as Science and Universities Minister on Friday.  

He quit after Theresa May said the UK was pulling out of the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system.  The UK wanted to remain part of it but the EU said that as a result of Brexit, it would be banned from extra secure elements of the project such as the part of the system intended for use by government agencies, the armed forces and emergency responders.  The UK has invested £1.24 billion in the project. Galileo is the EU’s version of the US’s GPS and will be used by EU governments, citizens, the military and industry and is due to come online in 2020.

Sam Gyimah is the 10th member of the government to resign over Theresa May’s Brexit deal.