The Head of the UK Border Force, Mr Brodie Clark, resigned on Tuesday, reportedly in reaction to comments by the Home Secretary that blamed him for a relaxation of biometric and anti-terrorism checks over the summer. Mr Clark had been suspended a few days previously over the matter.
He disputes any wrongdoing and has stated that Ms May’s comments were misleading and had amounted to a campaign of public vilification against him, such that he would not receive a fair hearing. One Home Office source called him a “rogue civil servant”. According to reports in the media Home Office lawyers are telling Ms May that he has a good case and is likely to win. In his resignation statement he said