UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

by Abel Hampton July 9, 2018, 15:09
UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

At the meeting, May pressed Davis and other government officials to back her plan for maintaining close trade ties with the EU, Reuters reported.

The resignation was swiftly followed by that of Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, who are not members of the Cabinet but were the Brexit Department's other elected Brexit supporters.

- His EU counterpart in the negotiations, Michel Barnier, expressed concerns about Davis's commitment to the talks, telling colleagues that he did not see his direct involvement as a priority, according to minutes of a meeting released in September 2017.

"I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions".

Mr Davis was responsible for negotiating the UK's European Union withdrawal.

She said she was "sorry" he was leaving but would "like to thank you warmly for everything you have done.to shape our departure from the EU". A Brexiteer hailed his resignation as a "principled and courageous decision", BBC News reported.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May was "incapable of delivering Brexit".

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis delivers a speech in London on June 6.

Opposition lawmakers, meanwhile, said that this was a big blow for the prime minister.

Backbench feelings were running high after a very hard briefing on the Chequers deal at Number 9 Downing Street last night by the PM's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, and the chief whip, Julian Smith.

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

The whole cabinet had been summoned to Chequers and spent more than 12 hours thrashing out the proposal for the UK's future relationship with the EU.

The resignation comes two days after the whole of the cabinet met at Chequers to agree Britain's negotiating position.

Conservative MP Henry Smith appeared also to support Davis' stance.

May's office said a replacement for Davis would be announced Monday. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Sunday that it did not contain everything he wanted but "I'm a realist".

On Sunday he told the BBC he was urging Tory MPs to support Mrs May.

"The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

David had become unnerved by the Brexit plan agreed by Theresa May's cabinet during the week.

In his resignation letter, he blamed the "dilution" of what he said was a firm Chequers agreement, delays to the White Paper, and omissions from the "backstop" customs proposal that would leave the United Kingdom in a "weak negotiating position at best".

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

Some Brexit backers cheered Davis on. "Now the Brexiteers holding Mrs May hostage are falling out, there isn't a majority for any withdrawal treaty in Parliament". Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign. "You deserve the final say".

David Davis penned a deliberately caustic resignation letter last night outlining a "significant number" of disagreements with Number 10 over the past year, from being obliged to accept the Brussels sequencing of negotiations, through to the compromises on the Northern Ireland border last December.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford tweeted: "Theresa May will have an opportunity to choose her government's path".


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