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Brexit team resigns over Chequers' 'soft' plan: decisive debate this Monday in Parliament

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In his letter, Mr. Davis said “the current trend of policy and tactics” was making it “look less and less likely” UK would leave the customs union and single market. In his letter, Mr. Davis said “the current trend of policy and tactics” was making it “look less and less likely” UK would leave the customs union and single market.
Brexiteer Tory MP Peter Bone hailed the resignation as a “principled and brave decision”, adding: “PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable” Brexiteer Tory MP Peter Bone hailed the resignation as a “principled and brave decision”, adding: “PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable”
Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.” Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.”
In the Commons on Monday Mrs. May is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on by the cabinet at Chequers on Friday is the “right Brexit” for Britain. In the Commons on Monday Mrs. May is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on by the cabinet at Chequers on Friday is the “right Brexit” for Britain.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove is the favorite to take on the vacant post. He told the BBC he was urging Tory MPs to support Mrs May and her Brexit plan. Environment Secretary Michael Gove is the favorite to take on the vacant post. He told the BBC he was urging Tory MPs to support Mrs May and her Brexit plan.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the UK government. His resignation comes days after Theresa May secured the cabinet's backing for her Brexit plan despite claims from critics that it was “soft”. Mr. Davis was appointed to the post in 2016 and was responsible for negotiating the UK's EU withdrawal. Junior minister S.Baker quit shortly after Mr. Davis - as Mrs. May prepares to face MPs and peers this Monday.

In his resignation letter, Mr. Davis told Mrs. May “the current trend of policy and tactics” was making it “look less and less likely” that the UK would leave the customs union and single market.

He said he was “unpersuaded” that the government's negotiating approach “will not just lead to further demands for concessions” from Brussels. Mr. Davis said: “The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.”

In her reply, Mrs. May said: “I do not agree with your characterization of the policy we agreed at Cabinet on Friday.” She said she was “sorry” he was leaving but would “like to thank you warmly for everything you have done... to shape our departure from the EU”.

Brexiteer Conservative MP Peter Bone hailed the resignation as a “principled and brave decision”, adding: “The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable.”

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May was “incapable of delivering Brexit”.
David Davis resigning at such a crucial time shows @Theresa_May has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit.

With her Government in chaos, if she clings on, it's clear she's more interested in hanging on for her own sake than serving the people of our country.

In the Commons on Monday Mrs. May is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on by the cabinet at Chequers on Friday is the “right Brexit” for Britain.

Brexiteer MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said it would be “very difficult” for Mrs. May's Brexit plans to win the backing of MPs without Mr. Davis.

He told BBC 5 Live: “These proposals will have to come to the House of Commons in legislation and the question is 'will they command support from Conservative MPs?'.

”And I think without David Davis there, without his imprimatur, it will be very difficult for them to get the support of Conservative MPs and therefore the prime minister would be well advised to reconsider them.“

Environment Secretary Michael Gove is the favorite to take on the vacant post. On Sunday he told the BBC he was urging Tory MPs to support Mrs. May and her Brexit plan.

Some Remain-supporting politicians said the resignation was evidence of the need for a second referendum. Baron Adonis, a prominent backer of a second vote, tweeted: ”People's Vote to put Brexit out of its misery a big step closer after DD's resignation. Now the Brexiteers holding Mrs. May hostage are falling out, there isn't a majority for any withdrawal treaty in Parliament.“

The Liberal Democrats called on people to sign a petition for a vote on the proposed deal, adding: ”The resignation of David Davis is yet more evidence of the chaos of this Tory Brexit. You deserve the final say on this shambolic Brexit with the chance to stay in the EU.“

Conservative MP William Wragg, who campaigned for Brexit, said Mr. Davis's resignation was ”the right thing to do“ while Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who quit a junior government role earlier this year to ”fight for Brexit“, said it was ”fantastic news“, adding: ”Well done David Davis for having the principle and guts to resign“.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on Mrs. May to ”see sense and bring forward a plan that heeds the mounting evidence against a hard Brexit”.

 

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  • Terence Hill

    chronic i.e pathological et al
    So all his plans are cock-a-hoop as result of democracy at work. Unfortunate for him, as the electoral and the body politic are not going priorize his personal stake.

    Jul 10th, 2018 - 01:02 pm 0
  • DemonTree

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    That leader was very popular too... then.

    Jul 10th, 2018 - 10:50 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    First one:

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    Campaign promise: 4% GDP growth per year.
    Actual result: 2.6% growth in 2017.
    Verdict: Trump failed to keep his promise, and if you think 2.6% is record growth I have a crater on the moon to sell you.

    Additionally, Trump has borrowed more money in order to deliver a stimulus to the economy when it was already growing. If you put more money into an economy it will generally grow faster, but that bill will come due soon enough. Party now, pay later.

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 02:37 pm 0
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