Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was hit on Tuesday by its first resignation because of the controversy surrounding the overland trip by top aide Dominic Cummings during the Coronavirus blockade when Scottish Minister Douglas Ross stopped in protest.
Ross undermined the ministers 'attempts to escape the crisis that has dominated British politics for four days and said he could not justify Cummings' remaining in office for his voters.
"I have voters who couldn't say goodbye to their loved ones; families who couldn't mourn together; people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed government orders," he said in a Twitter statement in which he said announced his departure.
"I cannot tell them in good faith that they were all wrong and a senior government adviser was right."
He added that Cummings' interpretation of government rules "was not shared by the vast majority of people".
The resignation will put more pressure on Cummings, who held a press conference on Monday to justify the fact that during the height of the coronavirus crisis, he drove his wife and young son on a 425-kilometer trip from London to Durham in north-east England .
In response to the resignation, Downing Street said it "regretted" the minister's decision.
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