British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government lost its sports minister on Thursday in a row over slot machine stakes.
Sport and Civil Society Minister, Tracey Crouch, submitted her resignation after the government’s draft budget delayed a planned reduction in the maxim size of an electronic gambling machine bet from £100 to £2 ($2.60, 2.30 euros).
The government is rolling the measure out in October instead of April — the date backed by Crouch — to give the treasury time to come up with a new gaming tax that could compensate for the lost budget revenues.
“It is with great sadness I have resigned from one of the best jobs in Government,” Crouch tweeted.
“Politicians come and go but principles stay with us forever.”
May’s government has suffered a string of resignations linked to difficult negotiations with the European Union about the terms of Britain’s split from the bloc in March.