09.07.2018 | David Davis QUITS as three ministers resign in Brexit crisis for Theresa May
Source - The Daily Express
Sarah O’Grady, Daily Express social affairs correspondent, broke the news on Twitter, writing: “Breaking. David Davis resigns.
“He decided he couldn’t sell out his own country. Resignation.”
In Mr Davis's official resignation letter, he said: "The national interest requires a Secretary of State in my department that is an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript.
“While I have been grateful to you for the opportunity to serve, it is with great regret that I tender my resignation from the Cabinet with immediate effect.”
He stated that the current direction of Brexit policy would leave the UK in "at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one"
Steve Baker and Suella Braverman have also quit the Government following Mrs May’s proposal.
Before the resignations, it was understood a leadership challenge against Theresa May was imminent with letters calling for a no-confidence vote piling up.
Letters are said to be being lodged with Graham Brady, Chairman of the influential 1922 Committee.
Conservative MP Peter Bone supported Mr Davis’s decision, stating: “David Davis has done the right thing, a principled and brave decision.
"The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable."
Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery criticised the Government over the ongoing confusion surrounding Brexit.
He said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.
“The Prime Minister is in office but not in power.
“She cannot deliver Brexit and our country is at a complete standstill, while the Tories indulge in their leadership tussling.
“We can't go on like this. Britain needs a functioning Government."
The Prime Minister is seeking to gain support for her plan and quell backlash from Brexiteers over her soft Brexit model.
Mrs May now faces a major test within the House of Commons and potentially a fractious meeting with MPs and peers on Monday.
She is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed upon at Chequers is the "right Brexit" for Britain.
The Cabinet supported the Prime Minister’s “third way” model for the future customs arrangement with the EU following Brexit.
The option was heavily criticised by pro-Brexit members of the Cabinet.
Mr David was appointed Brexit Secretary in 2016 following Mrs May’s election as Prime Minister.
There is growing speculation that Mrs May’s plans may spark a leadership challenge by pro-Brexit Conservative MPs.
A leadership contest could be triggered if 48 Conservative MPs formally submit letters to the 1922 Committee.