Friday, 20 July, 2018

UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

Police officers check cars arriving at the entrance to Chequers the Prime Minister's official country residence near Aylesbury Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns | RNZ News
Jean Garcia | 09 July, 2018, 17:54

Ministers agreed to pursue a soft Brexit plan at the meeting, even though Boris Johnson described May's Brexit proposals as "polishing a turd".

May's office said a replacement for Davis would be announced Monday. Sources close to Jacob Rees-Mogg have always said that he supports the prime minister, and appears to be urging colleagues not to do so....

At each stage I have accepted collective responsibility because it is part of my task to find workable compromises, and because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.

During a 12-hour meeting on Friday, May's fractious cabinet - including Davis - finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.

Davis' resignation was followed by that of Exiting the EU Minister Steve Baker.

Britain's former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis leaves the BBC by taxi in central London, Britain, July 9, 2018.

"It is now clearer than ever that Theresa May does not have the authority to negotiate for Britain or deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit coordinator, said he had enjoyed working with Davis and that he hoped Britain would unite "around a position to conclude a broad Association Agreement with the EU".

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"A very soft Brexit means that we haven't left, we are simply a rule-taker", he said.

"And I think without David Davis there, without his imprimatur, it will be very hard for them to get the support of Conservative MPs and therefore the prime minister would be well advised to reconsider them". He has been 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.

- Davis campaigned to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum and was one of three leading pro-Brexit ministers brought back into government by May.

It won the backing of one other prominent Brexit campaigner.

Other Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs have criticized the Chequers deal, saying May's plans offered Brexit in name only.

So to criticise Friday's plan, ministers would have to resign and immediately give up ministerial staff, salary, and perks including government cars. 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.

He told the BBC a contest would take three months and "we physically do not have the time for that" given the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union next March and both sides want a Brexit deal by October.

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