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New role for Daventry MP after resignations from Brexit department

New role for Daventry MP after resignations from Brexit department

The Cabinet Secretary is effectively Mrs May's deputy and has previously held the position of Europe Minister in the Foreign Office.

David Davis and Steve Baker both quit their jobs in the Department for Exiting the European Union in the wake of the Chequers meeting, as has foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Davis resigned late on Sunday, saying he was not willing to be a "reluctant conscript" to her plans that were agreed by the whole cabinet on Friday.

He added: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go".

Barnier said he had never been shown how Brexit provided added value when the world faced challenges ranging from terrorism and climate change to migration, poverty and financial instability.

Ms Caulfield supported Leave in the European Union referendum, and Mr Bradley backed Remain.

Hunt had been health secretary, and is a leading government backer of a compromise "soft Brexit".

But the Press Association understands that Mr Davis, who signed up to the plan agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday, has now quit.

But many pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious at a plan they say will stop Britain forging an independent economic course.




There is talk of Davis and Johnson becoming great enemies of May and making life impossible for her from the backbenches.

Brexiteer Walsall North MP Eddie Hughes is one of a number of Tory backbenchers to have voiced concerns over the detail of Mrs May's Brexit deal, with the full 120-page version not due to be released until Thursday.

May has been trying for months to solve internal issues within the ruling Conservatives about which course to take before Brexit takes effect on March 29, 2019.

"I think the fact that she has lost two cabinet members has. strengthened her", he said.

Dominic Raab was appointed the new Brexit secretary on Monday.

The loss of two senior ministers and the anger among Brexit-supporting backbench lawmakers makes May's position as leader increasingly tenuous.

Mrs May set out in the House of Commons her Brexit model. At one point, there were even reports that MPs from her Conservative Party had collected enough signatures to force a motion of confidence in her leadership-something that very well could have precipitated Britain's third general election in under 5 years.

But don't worry: His real resignation letter was just more subtle with the clues.