Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit secretary David Davis resigns


Leading proponents of Brexit called on her to abandon the deal struck with the Cabinet last Friday at Chequers, her country retreat outside London.

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd".

In his letter, Johnson acknowleged his argument against the blueprint "were too few to prevail" however said he was unable to promote May's Brexit plans with collective responsibility.

Mr Johnson stepped down earlier on Monday, criticising Prime Minister Theresa May in his resignation letter, warning that Brexit is "dying" and Britain is "headed for the status of a colony".

Britain's new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt talks to the media outside the Foreign Office in central London, Britain, July 9, 2018.

He had previously said that health secretary was his last major role in politics.

The resignations of the two Cabinet "big beasts" come just days after Mrs May secured senior ministers' agreement at Chequers for a Brexit plan about which both men had expressed reservations.

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He will now be tasked with becoming the UK's top diplomat at a crucial time for Brexit negotiations, with Britain due to leave the European Union next March.

He wrote: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go". They also argued that the proposals breach several of the "red lines" the government set out, including a commitment to leave the EU's tariff-free customs union.

"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister", Davis said.

As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing. The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat.

Lord Callanan sparked laughter when he said: "I thought there was going to be a "but" there".

Hunt, who served as health secretary for six years, earned himself the nickname the "shock absorber" for his ability to "take a lot of flak for the government".

In her statement to Parliament, May attempted to give an impression of business as usual, saying she would present a detailed paper onThursday on the government's negotiating position for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record worldwide support for this Government's campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides.

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