High Wycombe MP Steve Baker resigns as ERG Chairman
MP for High Wycombe Steve Baker has resigned as Chair of the European Research Group (ERG) of Conservative MPs.
He said on twitter: "The UK has now left the EU and the PM has the policy, the mandate and the majority necessary to make a success of it.
"After five years which have included chairing Conservatives for Britain and the ERG (twice) plus being the Brexit minister for the EU (Withdrawal) Act in the Commons, while working against the tide to prepare the UK for exit, it is time for me to give way to others on this issue."
The ERG is a right-wing research support group for those of the United Kingdom's Conservative Members of Parliament who choose to subscribe.
Serving an annual average of 21 MPs including cabinet members, the group's focus is the single issue of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
He expresses how he is concious of his position as MP for High Wycombe and wants to 'spend more time with his constituents.'
Mr Baker also explained that: "In July 2018, Boris and I and David Davis resigned to #ChuckChequers. After much difficulty and division, we did in the end succeed.
"And thank goodness we did: it is alarming to reflect on what the state of both party and country would have been if we had failed in this gamble.
"It is also time for me to return to certain economic issues which I consider at least as important to the future of the country as exiting the EU."
Mr Baker remains a ERG member and wishes them every success.
Many twitter users thanked the MP for his service and he revealed to the Bucks Free Press that his 'priority is serving Wycombe on the back benches and once again on the Treasury Committee'.
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