Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

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David Davis, who has been prime UK negotiations to leave the EU, has quit his role as Brexit Secretary

He told the BBC that he was no longer the win out over person to deliver the PM’s Brexit plan – agreed by the cabinet on Friday – as he did not “fancy” in it.

He said the “career-ending” decision was a personal one but he felt the UK was “giving away too much and too obviously” to the EU in the negotiations.

Mrs May said she did not agree but thanked him for his work.

The resignation is a blow to Mrs May as she seeks to win once again Eurosceptic MPs to her proposed Brexit vision, which would form the point of departure of the UK’s position in on-going talks with the EU.

Dominic Raab, who campaigned for Vacation during the UK’s 2016 EU referendum, has been promoted from housing missionary to take over from Mr Davis.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 Step 2019, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU afterwards.

There own been differences within the Conservative Party over how far the UK should prioritise the brevity by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Impartiality and ending free movement of people.

Mrs May’s Conservative Party only has a preponderance in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Classless Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her arrange could survive a Commons vote – and has also led to renewed questions all over whether she will face a challenge to her position.

In a sign of how delicately sited the numbers are on Brexit strategy it has emerged that the government has taken the unexpected step of arranging a briefing for opposition Labour MPs on the detail of the Brexit arrangement agreed on Friday.

In his resignation letter, Mr Davis told Mrs May that “the in the know trend of policy and tactics” was making it “look less and less no doubt” that the UK would leave the customs union and single market.

He mentioned he was “unpersuaded” that the government’s negotiating approach “will not just precede to further demands for concessions” from Brussels.

Mr Davis, who was appointed Brexit Secretary in 2016, said: “The panoramic direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating rank, and possibly an inescapable one.”

In her reply, Mrs May said: “I do not agree with your characterisation of the system we agreed at cabinet on Friday.”

She said she was “sorry” he was leaving but would “delight in to thank you warmly for everything you have done… to shape our departure from the EU”.

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Mr Davis told BBC Radio 4’s Today show that he had objected to Theresa May’s plan at the Chequers meeting, telling chest of drawers colleagues at the outset that he was “the odd man out”.

He said it was “not tenable” for him to stay in post and try to talk Tory MPs to back the policy when he did not think it was “workable”.

“The best myself to do this is someone who really believes in it, not me.”

He said he feared the EU would request to further water down the UK’s plans and his resignation would make it easier for the UK to check attempts to extract further concessions.

Mr Davis told BBC political rewriter Laura Kuenssberg that he had been compromising for two years and that the modern plan was “a compromise too far”.

But Mr Davis insisted he continued to back Theresa May, saying that if he “desire to bring her down”, the time would have been after she fall short of to win last year’s general election outright.

A leadership contest now would be “the go phut thing to do”, adding: “I won’t throw my hat into the ring.”

Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker has also quit. He played a leading role in the Brexit campaign in the run up to the 2016 referendum. He was advance to the Department for Exiting the EU as a parliamentary under-secretary in June last year.

Stable MP Peter Bone hailed Mr Davis’s resignation as a “principled and brave purpose”, adding: “The PM’s proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable.”

Labour Corps chairman Ian Lavery said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no hegemony left.”


‘No choice but resignation’

By BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg

After scads months of rumours that he would pull the plug, David Davis has indeed quit as Brexit Secretary.

His unhappiness in government has been no secret for some period, but after the prime minister’s Chequers agreement with cabinet priests to pursue closer ties with the EU than he desired, he found his situate untenable.

After a visit to Downing Street on Sunday he concluded that he had no appropriate but to walk.

The move, while not completely surprising, throws doubt on to how fastened the government’s Brexit strategy is.

Read Laura’s full blog here


Mrs May is due to lecture MPs on Monday afternoon and is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed by the chest-on-chest at Chequers on Friday is the “right Brexit” for Britain.

Brexiteer MP Jacob Rees-Mogg contemplated it would be “very difficult” for Mrs May’s plans to win the backing of MPs without Mr Davis.

He rebuked BBC 5 Live: “These proposals will have to come to the House of Commons in legislation and the dispute is ‘will they command support from Conservative MPs?’

“And I think without David Davis there, without his imprimatur, it intention be very difficult for them to get the support of Conservative MPs and therefore the prime member attend to would be well advised to reconsider them.”

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg alleged she understands Mr Davis was “furious” after a meeting at No 10 earlier on Sunday and “concluded he could not loiter in post”.

The resignation came as people awaited the verdicts of senior bodies from the Brexit side of the 2016 referendum. There has yet been no on the itemize comment from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, while Ecosystem Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC on Sunday he was urging Tory MPs to stick Mrs May.

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One of the leading pro-Remain Moderate MPs Anna Soubry did not refer directly to Mr Davis’s resignation, but tweeted it was “not the culture for egos, grandstanding and blind ideology”.

The director-general of the CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn, rumoured the resignation was “a blow”, adding that business had welcomed the agreement of vicars on Friday.

Meanwhile, some Remain-supporting politicians said the resignation was trace of the need for a second referendum.

Lord Adonis, a prominent backer of a second bear witness, tweeted: “People’s Vote to put Brexit out of its misery a big step closer after DD’s compliance. Now the Brexiteers holding Mrs May hostage are falling out, there isn’t a majority for any withdrawal covenant in Parliament.”

The Liberal Democrats called on people to sign a petition for a opinion on the proposed deal, adding: “The resignation of David Davis is yet more averment of the chaos of this Tory Brexit. You deserve the final say”.

Nigel Farage felicitated Mr Davis for quitting and called for Mrs May to be replaced as prime minister, accusing her of being “duplicitous” and asking her response “shows she is controlled by the civil service”.

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