November 18, 2018 / 10:45 AM / 22 days ago

Junior UK Brexit minister says changing leader would be futile distraction

LONDON (Reuters) - Junior British Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng told the BBC on Sunday that toppling Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party would be a futile distraction.

“Having a new leader is not going to reopen the negotiations, nor will it change the parliamentary arithmetic, so it is a futile distraction,” said Kwarteng, who was appointed by May last week after his predecessor resigned in protest at her Brexit plans.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by William James, Editing by Andrew Heavens

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