UK's top Brexit minister quits govt, cites policy differences with PM May

UK's top Brexit minister quits govt, cites policy differences with PM May

The late-night departure of David Davis has raised the stakes for May, who hailed the hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU.

Davis quit late Sunday, saying he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union, commonly known as a "soft Brexit", after the departure takes place next year.

Later, it was announced that Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab had been tapped to replace Davis.

The resignations dealt yet another blow to the beleaguered leader, just two days after she announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Conservative MP William Wragg, who campaigned for Brexit, said the resignation was "the right thing to do" while Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who quit a junior government role earlier this year to "fight for Brexit", said it was "fantastic news", adding: "Well done David Davis for having the principle and guts to resign".

Conservative MP Peter Bone hailed Mr Davis's resignation as a "principled and fearless decision", adding: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

"It seems to me we are giving too much away, too easily, and that is a risky strategy at this time", he told BBC radio.

"I'm seeking Brexit. The key is that Brexit is delivered properly", he told LBC Radio.

Luis Enrique to be named Spain coach
However, they conceded a late equaliser against Portugal and trailed Morocco 1-0 and 2-1 before scraping a draw in injury time . Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Citing previous calls for a leadership challenge, Brooks said he would not be surprised if Davis himself would challenge May or would put his support behind someone else.

"I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions", he said, concluding that his post required "an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript".

His unhappiness in government has been no secret for some time, but after the prime minister's Chequers agreement with cabinet ministers to pursue closer ties with the European Union than he desired, he found his position untenable.

Davis told UK Prime Minister Theresa May that it is looking "less and less likely" that the government will be able to orchestrate a full departure from the EU. "Others don't have that same responsibility".

Davis's resignation may also further disrupt Brexit talks, with less than nine months before Britain leaves and just over three before the European Union says it wants a deal that will mark Britain's biggest foreign and trade policy shift in decades. It vows to press for a free trade area for goods with the European Union and maintain close links. Jacob Rees-Mogg has also suggested other Tory Eurosceptic MPs will follow suit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, was widely reported to have described the plan as a "turd" before agreeing to support it.

He became the public face of Brexit, leading the British delegation in talks with Brussels, although his role had been increasingly overshadowed in recent months as May and her aides took a bigger role in the negotiating strategy.

Related Articles

  • Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others

    Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others

    The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay inside and observe a curfew.
    UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

    UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

    May will have a key meeting with members of her Tory party to discuss her plan in Parliament on Monday. Mr Davis's resignation will anger cabinet colleagues from both wings of the party.
    Paul Manafort held in solitary confinement

    Paul Manafort held in solitary confinement

    Manafort, according to his lawyer, is being secluded because correctional officials "cannot otherwise guarantee his safety". They asked for the trial to be relocated to the more sparsely populated city of Roanoke in southwest Virginia.
  • Trump to meet anxious  North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  heads, then Putin

    Trump to meet anxious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads, then Putin

    That's in direct contradiction of NATO's pledge that an attack against one member is considered an attack against all of them. But when asked a second time, the official said Trump is not expected to threaten troop withdrawals in Germany or elsewhere.
    Vettel wins British Grand Prix ahead of Hamilton

    Vettel wins British Grand Prix ahead of Hamilton

    Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen, victor in Austria last weekend, retired with a brake problem while running in fifth place. I think it's easy to attack and have a great move and easy to have an incident.
    Britain's Gove says Brexit plan is a realistic compromise

    Britain's Gove says Brexit plan is a realistic compromise

    May replied to his letter to say she did not agree "with your characterization of the policy we agreed at cabinet on Friday". On Friday, Davis and the rest of May's fractious Cabinet finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.
  • Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

    Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

    Turkey's audiovisual authority RTUK later said the government has issued a temporary ban on broadcasting images from the scene. In January 2008, nine people were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul due to faulty tracks.
    Unhappy Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

    Unhappy Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

    The Brit made it all the way through the field to finish on the podium at Silverstone , in P2, ahead of Raikkonen, but was not happy with how the start went.
    Godparents to be revealed as Louis is christened today

    Godparents to be revealed as Louis is christened today

    Meghan was christened and confirmed in the oak-panelled Chapel Royal by the archbishop, who also married her and Harry in May. George was also christened in the Chapel Royal, but Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
  • Mark Zuckerberg tops Buffett to become world's third-richest man

    Mark Zuckerberg tops Buffett to become world's third-richest man

    Zuckerberg claimed the No. 3 spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index because Facebook shares rose 2.4 percent. The founder of social network Facebook mark Zuckerberg is among the three richest people in the world.
    England bask in SWC glow as Russian Federation  suffers

    England bask in SWC glow as Russian Federation suffers

    Alexander Samedov, who said earlier he would no longer play for the national team, stressed he was proud to be member of the team. Thousands of fans have gathered in Moscow to welcome back the Russian team after its narrow loss in the World Cup quarterfinals.

    Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

    Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, then it disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica. Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.