Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show Sunday, Rudd — who resigned Saturday night — said she had “not seen enough work going into actually trying to get a deal.”
“When I asked Number 10 for a summary of what the plan was for actually getting a deal, I was sent a one-page summary,” Rudd said.
“It’s like 80%-90% of government time going into preparing for no-deal and the absence of actually trying to work to get a deal is what has driven 21 of my colleagues to rebel, and I need to join them,” Rudd told Marr.
Rudd said on Twitter Saturday night that she “cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.”
Having Rudd join Johnson’s Cabinet was considered a coup for the new Prime Minister, and she was considered the most important Remainer in his government.
“I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main objective,” she wrote in a letter to the PM.
“This short-sighted culling of my colleagues has stripped the Party of broad-minded and dedicated Conservative MPs. I cannot support this act of political vandalism,” she said.
Johnson ‘will obey the law,’ Chancellor says
The bill, which was passed by the House of Lords on Friday will become law on Monday after Queen Elizabeth II approves it.
Chancellor Sajid Javid told the BBC’s Marr on Sunday that Johnson “will obey the law,” but reiterated that the UK will leave the EU on October 31.
Johnson “will absolutely not ask for an extension” during an October council meeting with the EU, Javid said, but instead will “try to strike a deal.”
On Monday Johnson plans to schedule another vote in the House of Commons to allow him to hold an election, after he lost his first bid on Wednesday. Opposition parties came out united on Friday, saying they would not support it.
Downing Street announced Sunday that Therese Coffey would replace Rudd as Work and Pensions Secretary, according to Britain’s Press Association (PA) news agency.