Brexit Chief Davis Resigns, Refuses To Sellout Country – Panicked PM Theresa May Leadership In Crisis

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Jul 09 2018
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He was appointed to overseeing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Yet, his boss – Prime Minister Theresa May – was such a weak leader that she was willing to sellout the nation in order not to offend the EU. Brexit Secretary David Davis has dropped a bombshell – quitting the May government in protest over the PM’s plans for a soft Brexit.


In a resignation letter sent to the British prime minister late Sunday night, David Davis said it was looking “less and less likely” that the May administration would be able to deliver on its “manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.” Davis’ resignation comes 48 hours after May and her government agreed on a “business friendly” plan for Brexit.


Afraid to make hard but necessary decision, Theresa May, well known for her anti-Brexit stance before becoming UK prime minister, has propose to preserve frictionless goods trade for the European Union and avoid border checks and tariffs. However, Mr. Davis argued that May’s proposal would leave the UK in “a weak negotiating position” with Brussels.

Brexit Secretary David Davis Resignation Letter - Theresa May

Mr. Davis wrote – “As you know there have been a significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line … the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.”


Unlike May, Davis was a strong supporter of the Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, putting him at odds with the Prime Minister from the beginning. Davis’ deputy, Steve Baker, and another Brexit sitminister, Suella Braverman, also resigned – delivering a blow to the British leader struggling to end divisions among her ministers.


Davis’ sudden resignation, in the name of “national interest”, won praises from Brexit campaigners within Theresa May’s Conservative Party. They feel her spineless plan to proceed for the closest possible trading ties with the EU had betrayed their desire for a clean break with the bloc. May’s plan would see Britain tied to many rules and regulations of the EU after it leaves the bloc next year.

Brexit Secretary David Davis Resignation - Broke Up With PM Theresa May

Davis has rubbished May’s unconvincing claim that her plan will give Parliament back control of laws as “illusory rather than real.” And he said plans for a “common rulebook” with the EU for the trade of goods “hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense”.


In response to Davis’ resignation, May said – “I am sorry that you have chosen to leave the Government when we have already made so much progress towards delivering a smooth and successful Brexit and when we are only eight months from the date set in law when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.”


Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, tweeted that the Brexit Secretary’s resignation “at such a crucial time” showed that PM May “has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit.” He said – “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.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May – Spineless and Clueless

British political press said more resignations might follow, which could see the weak leadership of Theresa May put to no-confidence vote. Hard-line Brexit backers complained that the disgraced PM was selling out the country with her plan which appeared to have “Brexit in name only” and ignored “the will of the people” who voted 52 to 48 percent in June 2016 to leave the EU.


With nine months (29 March, 2019) before Britain leaves and just over three before the EU says it wants a deal, Davis’ resignation creates a crisis that could see the overthrowing of Theresa May. A leadership contest would be triggered if 48 Conservative MPs formally submit letters, and some have already reportedly been sent to the Tories’ backbench 1922 Committee.


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