A senior British diplomat in Washington has resigned, saying she is not ready to ‘peddle half-truths’ about Brexit on behalf of a Government she doesn’t belief.
Alexandra Hall Hall, the lead envoy for Brexit on the British embassy, accused ministers of utilizing ‘misleading or disingenuous’ arguments in regards to the implications of leaving the EU.
In her resignation letter, obtained by the US broadcaster CNN, Ms Hall Hall mentioned her place had turn into ‘unbearable personally and untenable professionally’.
‘I am also at a stage in life where I would prefer to do something more rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust,’ she wrote.
The timing of her departure, lower than every week earlier than the General Election, might hardly be extra embarrassing for the Tories as they search to hammer residence their pledge to ‘get Brexit done’.
A Foreign Office spokesman mentioned: ‘We won’t touch upon the element of a person’s resignation.’
Ms Hall Hall, a 33-year veteran of the Diplomatic Service and former ambassador to Georgia, mentioned the actions of ministers at residence have been making it more durable for British diplomats to uphold ‘core values’ overseas.
‘I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern,’ she mentioned.
‘It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home.’
Her letter was addressed to deputy ambassador Michael Tatham and dated December 3.
In it she insisted her choice to stop had nothing to do with her personal private views about Brexit, and insisted she had been dedicated to creating a hit of her posting.
‘I took this position with a sincere commitment, indeed passion, to do my part, to the very best of my abilities, to help achieve a successful outcome on Brexit,’ she wrote.
But she added: ‘Each person has to find their own level of comfort with this situation. Since I have no other element to my job except Brexit, I find my position has become unbearable personally, and untenable professionally.’