According to the latest reports, Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns, a leading, UK negotiations to leave the EU, has resigned from the government.
He replied to the TNBC, “he was no longer the best person to deliver the PM’s Brexit plan – agreed by the cabinet on Friday – as he did not “believe” in it”. He added that the “career-ending” decision was his personal one but he felt the UK was “giving away too much and too easily” to the EU in the negotiations”.
Mrs. May’s Conservative Party only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote – and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position. In a sign of how delicately positioned the numbers are on the Brexit strategy it has emerged that the government has taken the unusual step of arranging a briefing for opposition Labour MPs on the detail of the Brexit plan agreed on Friday.
Mr. Davis, who was appointed Brexit Secretary in 2016, said: “The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.” In her reply, Mrs. May said: “I do not agree with your characterization of the policy we agreed at cabinet on Friday.”
A leadership contest now would be “the wrong thing to do”, adding: “I won’t throw my hat into the ring.”
Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker has also resigned. He played a leading role in the Brexit campaign in the run-up to the 2016 referendum. He was promoted to the Department for Exiting the EU as a parliamentary under-secretary in June last year.
Conservative MP Peter Bone hailed Mr. Davis’s resignation as a “principled and brave decision”, adding: “The PM’s proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable.” Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.”