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UK Brexit negotiator David Davis quits
09 July 2018, 09:40 | Devin Moran
BBCBrexit news Rees Mogg warns May he would vote against a soft Brexit decision
The PM faces an acute and immediate crisis as her Brexit secretary resigned spectacularly, taking most of his ministerial colleagues with him.
The loss of her Brexit negotiator, and potentially another junior minister in the ministry, just two days after the meeting at May's Chequers country residence is a blow to the prime minister and underlines the deep divisions in her ruling Conservative Party over Britain's departure from the EU.
David Davis penned a deliberately caustic resignation letter last night outlining a "significant number" of disagreements with Number 10 over the past year, from being obliged to accept the Brussels sequencing of negotiations, through to the compromises on the Northern Ireland border last December.
"Obviously if the Government and the Prime Minister continue to support that very poor offer then I won't have any confidence in the Government or the Prime Minister".
But Mr Davis, who signed up to the plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers on Friday, has now quit.
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.
In that meeting, May had appeared to win over her fractious cabinet and secure approval for her plan, which was to be published as soon as this week in a lengthy white paper that would stake out Britain's vision for future relations with Europe.
As the minister responsible for the Brexit negotiations, Davis is a major voice in the debate in the UK. 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.
Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis delivers a speech in London on June 6.
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.
An analysis of the Chequers deal circulating within the pro-Brexit European Research Group of MPs was damning about the plan, saying it would lead to "a worst-of-all-worlds "black hole" Brexit where the United Kingdom is stuck permanently as a vassal state in the EU's legal and regulatory tar pit".
Others were understood to have already handed in their letter to 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady due to concerns the Government had "capitulated" when it came to her own Brexit red lines. "If the Brexit Secretary can not support them they can not be very good proposals".
Davis is the sixth Cabinet minister to resign from May's government in eight months, following former worldwide development secretary Priti Patel, defence secretary Michael Fallon, her deputy Damian Green, education secretary Justine Greening, and home secretary Amber Rudd.
Veteran Tory Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash told Sky that discussions were now being held as to whether Mrs May's plans amounted to a "proper Brexit".
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.
Davis said the plan would "make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real".
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