SCOTTISH Tory Paul Masterton has quit as a government aide over Brexit.

The East Renfrewshire MP was a PPS at the Home Office.

He told the Barrhead News that he resigned after voting to rule out a no-deal Brexit under all circumstances in the Commons on Wednesday.

“Last night, I took the difficult decision to vote against the Government and resign my role as a PPS in the Home Office.

"I have been clear that, whilst I believe we must honour the result of the EU Referendum, I cannot support the UK leaving without a deal. Last night, I honoured that position."

Masterton was one of just 17 Tories to break the whip and vote to rule out the no-deal.

Nicola Sturgeon praised Masterton's decision at First Minister's Questions.

She said: "With the exception of Paul Masterton, every single Scottish Conservative MP has chosen to put loyalty to the Prime Minister ahead of the Scottish people."

Scottish Secretary David Mundell was forced to defend himself after he defied Theresa May and abstained on the vote last night.

He tweeted: "I’ve always opposed a no-deal Brexit. The House made its view clear by agreeing the Spelman amendment, I didn’t think it was right for me to oppose that.

"The PM has my full support in her objective of leaving the EU with a deal to deliver an orderly Brexit."