Sources confirmed Lord Bridges had resigned while fellow minister David Jones was ditched in a reshuffle – two out of four in the top team.
Theresa May is losing half her Brexit ministers, it emerged tonight just days before talks with the EU were meant to start.
Sources confirmed Lord Bridges, the Exiting the EU Department’s representative in the House of Lords, had resigned to pursue business interests.
Meanwhile David Jones was ditched from a junior ministerial role in a reshuffle as Mrs May reworked her top team.
The two departures mean half of Mrs May’s four ministers in the department will be new to the job as talks unfold.
Those remaining are Brexit Secretary David Davis and junior minister Robin Walker.
And they come despite Mrs May, who is flying to Paris on Tuesday for talks with the new President, repeatedly using the imminent start of talks as a reason to vote for her in the general election.