UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

The Press Association news agency, the BBC and others said Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned on Sunday.

But Mr Davis, whose departure as Brexit Secretary also triggered the resignation of departmental ally Steve Baker, lashed out at the proposals just 48 hours after being part of the Cabinet that agreed them.

What has the Prime Minister said in response?

Mr Davis had failed to publicly back a compromise struck by the Prime Minister with her cabinet following a meeting at Chequers that would effectively seek to keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU for goods, maintaining a "common rulebook" with Brussels.

Another minister from the Brexit department, Suella Braverman, was also reported by local media to have resigned, although there was no official confirmation and she did not respond to a request for comment.

It would involve a "facilitated customs arrangement" meant to remove the need for a hard border in Ireland, and the creation of a UK-EU free-trade area, in which the UK would abide by a "common rule book" of EU regulations.

"All those of us who believe that we want to execute a proper Brexit, and one that is the best deal for Britain, have an opportunity now to get behind the prime minister in order to negotiate that deal", he told the BBC. Mr Johnson's allies said on Saturday he decided not to quit as he wanted to remain in government to fight for the kind of Brexit he campaigned for.

May was expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on at Chequers is the "right Brexit" for Britain. Some lawmakers have already expressed their misgivings.

Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leader of the party's "hard Brexit" faction, compared May's plan to an egg so softly boiled that it "isn't boiled at all".

His fundamental concern is the sidelining of him and his department by the creation of the Europe unit in the Cabinet Office, headed up by his former permanent secretary Olly Robbins as the PM's personal adviser on Europe.

The North Belfast MP said the DUP's "top priority" was protecting the Union but that on Brexit the government had to deliver "control of our borders, our laws and our money" while still retaining "sensible relationships" with EU countries.

The long-serving Conservative MP was among the new intake when Tony Blair's new Labour swept to power in 1997.

Davis was the front-runner in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership contest, but lost out to David Cameron, shedding momentum after a party conference speech fell flat.

Appearing on the BBC's The Andrew Marr sShow on Sunday, he said: "I'm a realist and one of the things about politics is you mustn't, you shouldn't, make the ideal the enemy of the good. We need to make sure this is now a game changer for #Brexit".

Davis has form on resigning if he disagrees with his party. Remainers will be angry that the apparent agreement that came from Chequers has been trashed, while Leavers who had to swallow their own opposition to the proposal will feel betrayed.

Davis said the plan would "make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real".

On the worldwide markets, sterling slipped by a third of a cent against the dollar to $1.3288 in early trading.

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