LONDON (Reuters) – British Interior Minister Amber Rudd resigned on Friday, apologizing for being unaware of the deportation targets in her department and vowing to implement a fair and humane immigration policy.
Following allegations that she misled Parliament about whether her department had targets for deportation of immigrants, Rudd said on Twitter: "I did not know about certain targets, I accept that I should have been and I'm sorry, that it was not me. "
Rudd has been under pressure for more than a week. First, after a scandal over the treatment of legal Caribbean migrants in the UK and then about contradictory statements about whether or not their department had targets for the deportation of immigrants.
The political controversy over one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest allies coincides Britain enters into crucial negotiations for a future trade agreement with the European Union and in light of increasing tensions between countries over Brexit policy
Rudd said she will make a statement to parliament on Monday "in response to legitimate issues on targets and illegal migration
But she continued to refuse opposition Labor Party calls for resignation
" As Interior Minister, I will work to ensure that ours Immigration is fair and humane, "she tweeted.
Rudd told reporters she had not seen or approved any deportation targets on Thursday The Guardian newspaper published an internal document on Friday discussing such goals as were discussed in Rudds Had been copied.
"I have d as the leaked document has not been seen, even though it has been copied into my office, how many documents are there, "she said
This led to a renewed appeal by Labor's Diane Abbott for Rudd's resignation.
"She could not read important documents, which meant that she did not know the goals for the distance, people's lives are being ruined," Abbott said in a statement.
"Another excuse is not enough, it should take responsibility for the chaos in the Home Office and resign."
(Report by William James, editors: Catherine Evans and Grant McCool)