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Suella Braverman quits Liz Truss Cabinet, admitting ‘mistake’

Days after her racist comments hurt Indian sentiments and threatened to jeopardise India-UK relations, British Home Secretary Suella Braverman quit her post today amid the political and economic turmoil in her country, saying that she had breached government rules. Curiously, instead of citing her comment of "visa overstayers", she cited the concern for the direction of Prime Minister Liz Truss and the current UK government.

The resignation of the 42-year-old minister marks the second departure of a senior minister in Prime Minister Liz Truss's Cabinet in less than a week. On 14 October, Kwasi Kwarteng had been removed as the finance minister to be replaced by Jeremy Hunt. Braverman tweeted her letter of resignation.

Braverman mentioned in the letter "technical infringement of rules" pertaining to an email she sent to "trusted parliamentary colleague". She said that she had sent a draft written ministerial statement on migration, which was due for publication. "Much of it was briefed to MPs. Nevertheless, it is right for me to go," Braverman wrote to the prime minister.

The politician of Indian, Kenyan and Mauritian descent said that she had reported the matter via official channels as soon as she realised her mistake. "I have made a mistake. I accept responsibility and I resign," she wrote.

As Prime Minister Truss fights hard amid a spiralling pound-sterling and tumultuous economy, a consequence of her now-reversed tax-cut policy, Braverman said that she had doubts over the government's direction. "Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have serious concerns about this government's commitment to honouring manifesto commitments. such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration," she said.

Earlier in October, Suella Braverman had said that a trade deal with India would increase migration to the United Kingdom when Indians comprise the "largest group of people who overstay" their visas in the UK. Her remarks came at a time when India and the UK were negotiating a free trade agreement.

Suella Braverman had made the remark in an interview for the British weekly magazine The Spectator.

Reacting to her statement, the Indian High Commission in the UK said that India had initiated action on all cases raised with it under the Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP).

Goa-born Braverman was one of the contenders for the prime minister's post, the polls for which were held earlier this year.

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