Theresa May has resigned after the Brexit vote, a cabinet minister said, following a backlash against the government’s use of a map showing British coasts as a proxy for the UK’s geographical borders.
Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, resigned following a cabinet ministers reaction to the map which showed British coasts on a map.
pic.twitter.com/fQ2Xz9WJZJh British PM Theresa May (@MrsMay) June 24, 2021Theresa Plunkett, the Culture Secretary, said the map had not been used in any official government briefing or in the Cabinet Office.
“The Prime Minister has resigned and so is resigning,” she said in a tweet.
“We have also asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to examine the use of the map in any future briefings.”
The maps, which show British seas as “The Home of the British Isles”, have been used by British ministers to demonstrate their claim to sovereignty in the North Atlantic Ocean, but critics say they show the UK to be a nation divided by race and ethnicity.
It is not the first time the UK has drawn the border lines for its own interests.
The maps are not used as a benchmark for British border control, but as a tool for calculating national borders.
“If this map was in use during the Brexit negotiations, the result would be a far less positive result,” the British government said in May’s resignation letter.
The map, which showed the UK as a “home to all the people of the United Kingdom”, was created by the British Geological Survey and published by the National Geographic Society.
The British Geological Surveys map showed the boundaries of the UK.
The Geological Survey map showed British seas, with the borders drawn from the Great Ocean Road in the north, the Gulf of Mexico in the east and the Atlantic Ocean in the south.
It showed the British coasts and islands as “the home of the people”, with the British “home” as a reference point.
The Conservative Party said the use was a “massive insult” to the British people and the people’s rights.
“I have no doubt that the government did not intend for this map to be used for a public discussion on the British flag,” the party said in its statement.
“This was done as a political statement designed to distract from the terrible loss of life in London, which has now passed, and the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.”
Theresa Villiers, the Environment Secretary, who also sat on the Cabinet Committee on the Economy, said she would ask the British Geographical Society to investigate the map.
“It’s very disappointing that the UK Government has been using this map as a ‘tool’ for political commentary and political games, which is simply not the way we conduct ourselves as a country,” she told the BBC.
“A map is a map, and it’s a map we use to make decisions and to make laws.”
That’s the British way.
“British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, pose with the new flag of the Commonwealth, which was created in a referendum in June 2020.
The Brexit referendum sparked widespread protests and calls for a change in the UK government’s stance on the UK flag, which for years has been used as the official national flag.