Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

Prime Minister Theresa May's government was thrown into turmoil late Sunday with the surprise resignation of David Davis, her "Brexit minister" in charge of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.

Labour said Mr Johnson's exit - on top of Mr Davis's departure - left Theresa May with "zero authority".

In a blow to the beleaguered prime minister, Davis told May in a letter that the government's proposals for close trade and customs ties "will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

"In my view the inevitable effect of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real", he writes.

In a move that unnerved Conservative Party eurosceptics, Steve Baker, a minister who worked for Davis, also quit, saying in his letter to May: "I can not support this policy with the sincerity and resolve which will be necessary".

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book' policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

May appointed Dominic Raab, who voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, as the new Brexit Secretary on Monday, just hours after Davis's resignation. He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned, along with two other Brexit ministers. The prime minister's Europe adviser, Oliver Robbins, has mostly led the talks in Brussels, with the Brexit minister taking a more coordinating role at home.


The resignation comes just hours before May was due in parliament to explain her plan for Britain to adopt European Union rules on goods after Brexit, amid anger from MPs in her own party who want a cleaner break.

Number 10 announced on Monday morning that Housing minister Dominic Raab had been chosen to replace Mr Davis.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said Davis had "done the right thing", adding: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

A vote of no confidence in Theresa May There's a live debate in Tory Brexit circles about whether to have a vote of no confidence. "If the Brexit Secretary can not support them they can not be very good proposals".

Mrs May's latest plan would see Britain maintain its close ties with the European Union through the creation of a new free trade area for goods ruled by a "common rulebook".

It is unclear whether Brussels will accept this, after repeatedly warning Britain it can not "cherry-pick" bits of its single market.

What appears to have kickstarted the resignations, however, is May's reintroduction of "collective responsibility", a British convention which means ministers are formally banned from disagreeing with government policy, including the Brexit plan. "Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign".

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