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Image caption Nigel Adams had been at the Wales Office for only five months

A junior Wales Office minister has quit over the prime minister’s decision to turn to Jeremy Corbyn to try to get a Brexit deal through Parliament.

Nigel Adams said the decision was a “grave error” and the UK would now “end up in a customs union” with the EU.

Mr Adams, who was also a government whip, said he believed the UK would have coped with a “managed no-deal”.

He became the fourth Wales minister to have the job within 12 months when he took up the role last November.

Theresa May is to meet Mr Corbyn later to see if they can formulate a deal both sides in Parliament can agree to.

She said if it was not possible to agree, they could choose a series of options to put to the House of Commons.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford will also hold talks with her at Westminster on Wednesday.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has said the “remorseless logic” of MP numbers in the Commons meant the UK was heading for an “undesirable” soft Brexit – closer links with the EU.

He blamed hard Brexiteers in the European Research Group of Conservative MPs who refused to back Mrs May’s deal.

Mr Corbyn says he wants a customs union and workers’ rights to be priorities and that he recognises his own “responsibility” to try to break the deadlock.

It comes after the prime minister had more than seven hours of talks with her cabinet on Tuesday.

Image caption Theresa May says “national unity” is now required to “deliver the national interest”

In his resignation letter, the MP for Selby warned Mrs May the government risked failing to deliver “the Brexit people voted for” and failing to prevent “the calamity of a Corbyn government”.

“I and many others agreed with your previous position that no deal is better than a bad deal,” he says.

“It now seems that you and your cabinet have decided that a deal – cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life put British interest first – is better than no deal.”

Nigel Adams is the 30th UK Government minister to resign over Brexit in the past 12 months and the 35th in all.

In Prime Minister’s Questions, Brexiteer Clwyd West MP David Jones questioned whether the PM still felt “that the leader of the opposition is not fit to govern”.

She replied: “I do not think the Labour Party should be in government.”

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said he was “disappointed to see Nigel leave government and would like to thank him for all his work and efforts as a minister”.

“My department and I are committed to delivering on our priorities,” he said.

Tory MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies praised the MP. “I will miss working with him,” he said.

But Labour Welsh assembly member Alun Davies, said it was the resignation “someone no one in Wales has ever heard of”.

“Another reason why the Wales Office should be abolished,” he tweeted.

Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader Liz Saville Roberts said the “almost constant churn of Wales Office ministers shows the fundamentally dysfunctional nature of this Westminster government”.

“The people of Wales must be questioning whether the lack of consistency in the Wales Office is the reason why we are so invisible in the minds of the Westminster government,” she added.