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After Rudd, Theresa May Next in the Firing Line?

© REUTERS / Suzanne Plunkett Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May leaves a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May leaves a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London - Sputnik International
A day after losing one her most senior allies in cabinet, British Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to stop the spread of the Windrush scandal to her own office.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to draw a distinction between the resignation of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd from her post on Sunday and the so-called "hostile environment" policy pursued at the Home Office when Mrs. May held the portfolio.

Mrs May has emphasized that in her resignation letter, Mrs Rudd explained the reason as being her lack of awareness over Home Office quotas to met for deportations from Britain and that she had unintentionally misled Parliamentarians when questioned on the subject.

​The damage to the government however has added to the already existent tensions within the cabinet over what form Brexit should take and the resignation of Rudd deprives the Prime Minister of one of the government's most prominent pro-European voices.

Many in the British media and online have suggested the resignation is indicative of a government on the verge of collapsing.

The Windrush scandal, which has seen residents born in the United Kingdom to Caribbean post-war immigrants to Britain threatened with deportation for allegedly not having a proper immigration status.

Under British law until the early 1970s, citizens of Commonwealth countries, former British colonies, were entitled to remain in Britain indefinitely without acquiring formal citizenship. While immigration procedures remain relatively easier for citizens of commonwealth countries today, the laws have long since been tightened.    

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