Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

David Davis quits as Brexit Secretary

David Davis quits as Brexit Secretary

She took a step closer to the brink over the past 48 hours with the help of Boris Johnson and a Brexit song he could not sing.

Boris Johnson (file) in March.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned over Brexit.

Hunt, who had been the health secretary, is considered one of May's most loyal ministers.

Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former housing minister, was appointed to replace Davis only days before negotiations in Brussels are due to resume next week.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

Trump isn't expected to directly address Brexit, nor were he and Johnson scheduled to meet.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO earlier today (July 10) that he did not know if any MPs had submitted a vote of no confidence.

Mr Johnson does not pull any punches, saying Brexit "should be about opportunity and hope" and a "chance to do things differently", but "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

There have been differences within the Conservatives over how far the United Kingdom should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people.

Speaking to James Whale on talkRADIO, he said: "Frankly, what came out of Chequers was a complete betrayal not just in the way people voted in the referendum but how they voted in the general election". He was followed by Mr Johnson, the first time since 1982 that two Cabinet ministers quit within 24 hours.


David Davis' decision to resign from the cabinet has left the government in chaos. Others have voiced their support for May's premiership and against a future Labour prime minister.

Mr Trump also reiterated his calls for the European Union to lower barriers to U.S. imports and for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to pay more towards their own defence.

Mrs May continues to insist that "no deal is better than a bad deal" and has ordered preparations to be stepped up, but there is little doubt that many within Government view the prospect of quitting the European Union next March without any agreement as deeply unattractive.

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

He pointed out the only sign of a border is the different colour of road markings.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

In a meeting with her party late Monday, Mrs May raised the prospect that failure to back her could see the collapse of her government and give the left-wing opposition Labour party a route into power.

"As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing".

In practical terms, this means Mrs May losing the support of her Democratic Unionist Party allies or a sizeable number of Eurosceptic Tories - both groups with reason to fear a loss of influence in a new Parliament.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

"Brussels must not mistakenly conclude, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk hinted, that one more push will destroy Brexit".

But the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson said Mrs May was "correct to accept the Foreign Secretary's resignation".

As head of the Brexit ministry, Davis was the public face of Britain's negotiating team, but in reality had been overshadowed for months by May and her aides.

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