Northern Ireland Secretary Villiers resigns from government

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers leaves after a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in central London, on July 12, 2016.
Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers leaves after a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in central London, on July 12, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said on Thursday (July 14) that she had resigned from the government after declining a new post offered to her by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mrs May is in the process putting together her senior team after taking office on Wednesday.

"I regret to say that I have left the government. The new prime minister was kind enough to offer me a role but it was not one which I felt I could take on," Ms Villiers, who campaigned for Brexit, said in a statement posted on Facebook.

"I am sad to bring to end my work in Northern Ireland but I believe that I leave the political situation there in a more stable position than it has been for many years... I am confident that progress will continue to be made to embed peace, stability and prosperity there."