Who’s in line to take over from David Davis as Brexit Secretary?

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

Boris Johnson has caused further chaos in Theresa May's Conservative government by resigning as foreign secretary.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the Brexit Secretary David Davis and his deputy quit the government in protest over a Brexit compromise that was endorsed by the Cabinet on Friday.

Staunch Leave supporter Dominic Raab was promoted to the cabinet as Brexit secretary.

Mrs May will have a key meeting with members of her Tory party to discuss her plan in parliament on Monday. In his letter to the prime minister explaining his decision, Mr Davis said he felt it was "less and less likely" that Britain would leave the customs union and the single market, articles of faith for Brexiteers.

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd". "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do". We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told that we had to wait for the European Union to legislate on the matter. It has become increasingly clear to them that there is to be no swashbuckling free trade deal to be made between the United Kingdom and the EU. And while it first seemed that May had managed to keep the most committed Euroskeptics in line, it is now clear that she faces a serious revolt in her ranks that may lead to a leadership challenge to May, or possibly even another general election, which would be the U.K's third in five years.

Leaving Chequers on Friday night the Prime Minister could be forgiven for thinking she had gotten away with it, albeit by the skin of her teeth.

Juncker had a phone call with May on Sunday evening before Davis resigned, but officials gave no details on the conversation.

Earlier in the day the EU Commission had "no specific comment" on the overnight resignation of Davis, which it said was "not a problem for the EU".

Davis had earlier called May's plan risky and said it would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators.

He has served as health secretary since 2012.

Mrs May was forced to carry out a reshuffle of her top team after Boris Johnson and David Davis both quit.

But she told MPs: "We do not agree on the best way to deliver our shared commitments to honour the result of the referendum".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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