UK Brexit negotiator David Davis quits

May and David Davis

May and David Davis

From left, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary", May's spokesman said in a statement. Davis announced his resignation late Sunday. The Irish border issue has paralysed the Prime Minister and those around her despite being soluble, and prevented the sort of creative and constructive approach we need.

Davis was appointed two years ago to head up the newly created Department for Exiting the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc in a referendum.

Mr Davis resigned shortly before midnight on July 8 with a devastating letter warning Mrs May her proposals, agreed last week at Chequers, would leave the United Kingdom in "a weak negotiating position" with Brussels.

Mrs May will address Parliament later on the plan agreed at Chequers on Friday as well as address Tory MPs as she seeks to keep her Brexit strategy on track.

The junior Brexit minister, Steve Baker, also resigned, Downing Street confirmed Monday.

"Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign".


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

Even if the prime minister were to be replaced by a more passionately Leave-supporting minister, there is no parliamentary majority for the sort of no-deal Brexit being pushed by May's Brexiteer critics.

However, he also reportedly threatened to resign from the government on a number of occasions, most recently during talks to resolve a dispute with pro-EU Conservative lawmakers who wanted a greater say for parliament over the final Brexit deal. There will be pressure on the Government not to make any further concession. Trade Secretary Liam Fox put his name to a newspaper article backing May's plan, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove defended it in a TV interview.

She stamped her authority on her government and told ministers to back the plan for close ties to the bloc or leave.

That agreement of her fractious Cabinet, at a lock-in at May's countryside retreat, came after companies stepped up their lobbying efforts with warnings that severing ties to Britain's biggest trading partner - as the Brexit backers want - would be devastating for jobs and investment.

May is due to meet her lawmakers later on Monday.

He told Reuters. "If the Brexit Secretary could not support them (the Chequers conclusions) they cannot genuinely be delivering Brexit".

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