Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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


In a move that could fire up eurosceptics in May's Conservative Party, a government source said that Steve Baker, a minister who worked for Davis, had also resigned.

Davis's late-night resignation undermined May's fragile government. He was a strong pro-Brexit voice in a Cabinet divided between supporters of a clean break with the bloc and those who want to keep close ties with Britain's biggest trading partner.

This is her first cabinet resignation over Brexit and with just eight months to go until exit day and the stakes are high.

Friday's agreement, which came after marathon talks at the prime minister's country retreat, would "make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real", he added.

The financial markets have responded in remarkably sanguine fashion to the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Over the weekend May sought to bind Brexit supporting ministers to her proposal as they were sent out to tell the media that they backed it.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the powerful European Research Group faction within the Tory ranks, said his resignation should force Mrs May to reconsider her approach.

A long-time eurosceptic, Davis was appointed two years ago to head up the newly-created Department for Exiting the European Union after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. I take my hat off to you.

May replied to his letter to say she did not agree "with your characterisation of the policy we agreed at cabinet on Friday".

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Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery told BBC News "this is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left".

The so-called peace deal raised hopes that Britain could finally move on with all-but-stalled talks with the European Union, which has yet to give a definitive comment on whether they will accept May's plan.

Chief whip Julian Smith was inviting MPs to Downing Street to hear from the Prime Minister's chief of staff Gavin Barwell for a briefing on the Chequers proposals in a bid to win them round ahead of Monday's meeting.

The shadow Brexit Secretary said: "John, what we've said is there needs to be a meaningful vote in Parliament".

Environment minister and prominent Leave campaigner Michael Gove today insisted Brexit negotiations could end without a deal, in spite of a compromise Cabinet position reached at the end of last week. It seeks to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.

What appears to have kickstarted the resignations, however, is May's reintroduction of "collective responsibility", a British convention which means ministers are formally banned from disagreeing with government policy, including the Brexit plan.

Davis and fellow Brexit backer Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both agreed to support May's proposal for a softer divorce than she had originally planned, and it seemed she had survived the storm.

"And I think without David Davis there, without his imprimatur, it will be very hard for them to get the support of Conservative MPs and therefore the Prime Minister would be well advised to reconsider them".

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