U.K. cabinet minister quits over speeding charge

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

Energy secretary accused of illegally trying transfer blame to spouse

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.