British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns over European Union exit plan

British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns over European Union exit plan

British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns over European Union exit plan

However, furious pro-Brexit MPs criticised Brexiter cabinet ministers, including David Davis, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom, for failing to take a stronger stand against the government's proposed offer to the European Union, including quitting the cabinet.

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

After many months of rumours that he would pull the plug, David Davis has actually quit as Brexit Secretary. Mrs May must be expecting others to go with Davis, and will be particularly keen to know what the likes of Mr Johnson and fellow Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom intend to do now.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of a group of Brexit supporters in the Conservative Party, said Davis' resignation proved that their concerns were well-founded.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Davis' resignation "at such a crucial time" shows that May "has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit".

Davis's late-night resignation undermined May's fragile government.

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position and possible an inescapable one", he wrote, adding: "The inevitable effect of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real".

"The Prime Minister is in office but not in power".

FILE PHOTO - Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis arrives for a Brexit subcommittee meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, May 2, 2018.

Davis' resignation was also accompanied by the resignation of his deputy, Brexit minister Steve Baker, and another Brexit minister Suella Braverman has also reportedly resigned. The resignations further complicate that process, and put a question mark over whether she can get the backing of parliament for her Brexit plans and whether there may be a leadership contest.

The resignations of Davis and Baker came just two days after the premier announced she had secured the backing of her cabinet for a plan to keep close ties to the European Union after leaving the bloc.

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.

At a summit at Chequers in the English countryside, all cabinet members agreed to a plan that would allow "frictionless" trade and prevent a hard Irish border.

On Friday, May achieved a rare consensus in a key cabinet meeting at her Chequers country house estate on the way forward for the negotiations with the EU.

Some Brexiteers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.

The environment secretary, a leading Brexiter, said the deal the prime minister achieved at Chequers was not everything he had hoped for but insisted the cabinet was behind it and collective responsibility would prevail. Michael Gove, May's environment minister, said on Sunday that while the agreed negotiating stance was not flawless, he believed it delivered on handing back control to Britain.

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