Brexit Secretary Resigns because of Theresa May’s “Soft” Brexit

Brexit Secretary David Davis has ignited a rebellion against the Prime Minister.

I would like to think one reason Brexit Secretary David Davis is upset with Theresa May is that he is watching how Donald Trump negotiates with other national leaders and realizes that the Prime Minister is not doing anything like that on behalf of the United Kingdom.

The UKIP leader summed up why Davis and others think that Theresa May has betrayed them:

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The Daily Mail reports, “David Davis resigns and sparks a Tory Brexiteer rebellion that could bring down the PM: Brexit Secretary says he ‘couldn’t sell out his own country’ with a soft exit from EU as TWO more ministers quit.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned, throwing negotiations into chaos and leaving Theresa May fighting for her political life.

Mr Davis quit the government last night telling the PM that her policies could leave the UK in a ‘weak and inescapable’ negotiating position, two days after ministers had finally agreed a plan for Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, junior ministers in the Brexit department, were also reported to have quit the government last night amid speculation that further Cabinet ministers would follow Mr Davis to the exit.

The Brexit rebellion leaves Mrs May in a perilous position as she faces the House of Commons and then a potentially stormy meeting of Tory MPs on Monday.

The PM was set to insist she has chosen the ‘right Brexit for Britain’ as she tries to quell a backbench revolt but has come under fire from Tory MPs who have accused her of delivering a ‘soft Brexit’ which would Britain tied to EU rules.

Mr Davis reportedly ‘decided he couldn’t sell out his own country’, according to sources close to him, and wanted to ‘honour his manifesto promises’. He was praised last night by Tory MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said he would oppose Mrs May’s proposals.

The Prime Minister secured Cabinet backing for her strategy in a marathon meeting at Chequers on Friday and was set to urge the Conservative Party to ‘stand united’ behind her in a showdown meeting with backbenchers tonight.

But Eurosceptics plotting against the Prime Minister earlier claimed MPs have begun sending no-confidence letters, which will trigger a leadership contest if 48 are received.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said last night that the PM ‘has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit.’ If Mrs May resigns the opposition will have a fighting chance of winning a subsequent general election and taking charge of Brexit negotiations.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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