Border Agency chief quits and criticises Theresa May

THE HEAD of the UK Border Agency resigned yesterday and accused Theresa May of misleading the public during the immigration controls row.

Brodie Clark plans to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds that May’s comments had made his position “untenable”. The Home Secretary had earlier told Parliament that Clark should “take full responsibility for his actions” and accused him of going beyond her initial approval of a limited trial of relaxed immigration controls for Europeans.

Last night Clark said: “Those statements are wrong and were made without the benefit of hearing my response to formal allegations.” The civil servant, who had been suspended, insists he was given authority for “additional measures” in 2008-09.

May has said she will not resign her post, despite admitting she has no idea how many foreign nationals may have entered Britain without the official checks.