Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

United Kingdom govt into crisis as Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

United Kingdom govt into crisis as Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

British media outlets say the most senior official in charge of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union has quit Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

Davis' resignation was also accompanied by the resignation of his deputy, Brexit minister Steve Baker, according to the Telegraph.

- Throughout his time in office Davis repeatedly expressed his loyalty to Theresa May and praised her work on Brexit.

Davis did not urge other ministers to resign, saying he was in a unique position because the Brexit secretary's job is to sell the government's policy.

Mr Raab campaigned for Vote Leave ahead of the referendum.

David Davis' resignation as Brexit Secretary just months before the United Kingdom has to conclude Brexit negotiations, is a crushing blow to Theresa May's authority as prime minister and has put the entire future of her government in doubt. "An agreement was reached by the cabinet on Friday and now we are moving forward to negotiate that plan", the spokesman told reporters.

"Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign".

"May's Brexit means BRINO - "Brexit In Name Only" - a fake Brexit", said John Longworth, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave.

Even if the prime minister were to be replaced by a more passionately Leave-supporting minister, there is no parliamentary majority for the sort of no-deal Brexit being pushed by May's Brexiteer critics.

The former Brexit Secretary added that the "current trend of policy and tactics" was making it look "less and less likely" that Brexit would deliver on the referendum result and the Tory commitments to leave the European Union customs and single markets. "It has been worrying the prime minister's advisers from the start". Davis was a strong pro-Brexit voice in a Cabinet divided between supporters of a clean break with the bloc and those who want to keep close ties with Britain's biggest trading partner.

She said the government's Brexit plan was "far from perfect" but marked "grown-up steps".

The Tory leader's hard-won proposal was agreed to at her Chequers country retreat after marathon talks on Friday.

His resignation comes days after Theresa May secured the cabinet's backing for her Brexit plan despite claims from Brexiteers that it was too "soft". The government is trying to convince lawmakers to back the agreed stance, inviting them, including those from the opposition Labour Party, for briefings on the plan. If May fails to stabilise her party tonight then there is, for the first time, a real risk that Tory MPs will decide that enough is enough.

When Davis was asked if he would join some other lawmakers in calling for May to stand down, Davis told BBC Radio: "I won't be one of them".

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