David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary

Irving Hamilton
July 9, 2018

He said: "We believe there should be a chance for the people of Scotland to say what they think of the Brexit position but that can't be a repeat of two years ago.Scotland vote one way and the rest of the United Kingdom vote the other".

He said: "To resign tonight after the emergency meeting at Chequers on Friday is really quite shocking when you consider, apparently according to the briefing we received, that every single member of the cabinet - admittedly some with their reservations - all agreed that they would support the prime minister's proposals and they would defend them in public".

All members of the UK Cabinet have signed up to the proposals, but backbench Brexiteers have been more critical, with speculation at Westminster that some could be prepared to submit formal letters calling for a leadership contest.

The full "White Paper" on Brexit is expected to be published by Thursday, when there could be demands for another Commons statement, possibly by the Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the European Research Group of Tory Europsceptic MPs was being urged to run for leader, with one even naming him as "our Churchill".

Mrs May managed to secure agreement with her Cabinet, including its Brexiteers, after a marathon session of talks at Chequers yesterday.

The Prime Minister was then quick to be the first to get out her version of what had been agreed by giving an interview to the BBC's political editor who had been waiting all day.

"I am very happy with what I've seen", he said.

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He said he would "listen to what the Prime Minister has got to say on Monday evening at the 1922 Committee" before deciding what action to take.

Commentators said alignment on goods could reduce the UK's flexibility to strike trade deals with other countries, particularly the U.S. which would want an agreement allowing its farm products, produced to different standards, into the British market.

Labour shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said leaving the European Union without a deal would be "intolerable", and denounced the plans for a so-called facilitated customs arrangement "unworkable" and a "bureaucratic nightmare".

It would involve a "facilitated customs arrangement" meant to remove the need for a hard border in Ireland, and the creation of a UK-EU free-trade area, in which the UK would abide by a "common rule book" of EU regulations.

But Mrs May said she hoped the proposals, which will be produced in a formal white paper next week, would enable talks with the European Union to move forward.

The bloc has long warned it will not accept any "cherry-picking" in relation to the single market's four freedoms on goods, services, people and capital.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he was looking forward to the publication of the white paper and the EU would consider whether the proposals are "workable and realistic".

He added: 'The EU has never been keen to facilitate a breaking up of an approach toward the single market in terms of keeping all of the elements of the single market intact and consistent, so I think Britain will find it hard to persuade the EU to support the approach they're now proposing.

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