WATCH: Michael Gove says he is 100% behind Theresa May after Cabinet resignations
Michael Gove has given his full backing to Theresa May’s Brexit plan following a spate of major resignations.
The leading Brexiteer said he was "100%" behind the strategy agreed at Chequers, just hours after David Davis and Boris Johnson quit the Government in protest.
The Tory heavyweights said they feared the deal would lead to too soft a Brexit – including signing up to EU rules on goods and pledging to collect tariffs on behalf of the block.
And in a stinging resignation letter, Mr Johnson said the proposals could lead to the UK having the “status of colony”.
Fears were sparked this morning when it emerged Enviornment Secretary Mr Gove had pulled out of a press conference in central London due to "diary commitments".
But in an interview with ITV news, the former Vote Leave principal said that he had “absolutely not” considered resigning from his role as he paid tribute to his former Brexit-backing colleagues.
“I admire Boris and David very much, I am sorry they have left the Government”, Mr Gove said.
Asked if the resignations of the Cabinet big beasts had left Mrs May's premiership in trouble, he simply said: “No.”
Mr Gove further quelled rumours of a potential resignation when he was pictured smiling as at this morning’s Cabinet meeting alongside newly appointed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
He said that the meeting of the Prime Minister’s top team had been in “good spirits”.