Britain's Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne says he has quit the U.K. government after being charged with attempting to dodge a speeding penalty.

Huhne said Friday the decision to charge him with an offence of perverting the course of justice was "deeply regrettable."

"I am innocent of these charges, and I intend to fight this in the courts, and I am confident a jury will agree," Huhne said.

Huhne is alleged to have persuaded his now ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, to accept a speeding penalty on his behalf in 2003, to escape a driving ban.

Pryce also faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office did not immediately say who would replace Huhne.