Brexit BOMBSHELL: David Davis explains HOW resignation will STOP May making concessions

Lloyd Doyle
July 9, 2018

The European Union has played down talk by Britain's Brexit minister that last week's interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are "David Davis-proof", a senior EU official said.

The resignation comes two days after the whole of the cabinet met at Chequers to agree Britain's negotiating position.

In a resignation letter circulated by local reporters, Davis told May he has repeatedly disagreed with the government over the previous year and that it is looking "less and less likely" that the government can deliver Brexit per voters' wishes. He played a leading role in the Brexit campaign in the run up to the 2016 referendum. "An agreement was reached by the cabinet on Friday and now we are moving forward to negotiate that plan", the spokesman told reporters.

Brexit supporters argue that the move to follow the EU's rule book on trade will hamper the UK's ability to strike trade deals around the world, and will keep the country subservient to Brussels.

But much of the day-to-day negotiation falls to May's office.

In this Thursday, May 17, 2018 file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May looks on during a news conference with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, not pictured, following their meeting at the government building in Skopje, Macedonia.

The former Brexit Secretary added that the "current trend of policy and tactics" was making it look "less and less likely" that Brexit would deliver on the referendum result and the Tory commitments to leave the European Union customs and single markets.

"May's Brexit means BRINO - "Brexit In Name Only" - a fake Brexit", said John Longworth, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave. "That has been their practice throughout the a year ago and I fear, in fact, if anything, this is just the start".

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

"I would like to thank you warmly for everything you have done over the past two years as Secretary of State to shape our departure from the European Union", she said.

In a letter to May, Davis said he was not willing to be "a reluctant conscript" to her negotiating stance.

Davis' resignation was also accompanied by the resignation of his deputy, Brexit minister Steve Baker, according to the Telegraph.

May's plan would create a free trade area with the European Union for goods, to protect supply chains in areas such as manufacturing, while maintaining flexibility for Britain's dominant service sector.

It won the backing of one other prominent Brexit campaigner.

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

Davis's departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU.

The resignation of Davis on Sunday evening has dealt a major blow to May, who has struggled to unite factions within her ruling Conservative Party.

Mrs May's Conservative Party only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote - and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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