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David Davis warns United Kingdom giving away too much in Brexit talks

David Davis warns United Kingdom giving away too much in Brexit talks

His resignation this afternoon from the Foreign Office, in response to May's Soft Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, and following the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis last night, ends a period of political prevarication we haven't seen since Boris Johnson couldn't make up his mind about whether to back Leave or Remain at the European Union referendum.

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin says former foreign secretary Boris Johnson was not dealing in reality when it came to Brexit.

There are no recent precedents for two secretaries of state and a junior minister resigning in the space of 24 hours in protest at the government's central policy. Hours later, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was named as Johnson's replacement.

The resignation of two British cabinet ministers are matters for the Prime Minster Theresa May, a spokesperson for the Taoiseach has said.

"She knew this because I had written to her earlier in the week".

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation.

Mr Johnson went on; "On Friday, I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward".

Johnson may be warming up his vocal chords to sing a new Brexit song that does not stick in his throat.

"We must have collective responsibility".

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

She added that she was "sorry, and a little surprised" at his resignation after the discussions in Chequers.




The Prime set out her Brexit model in the House of Commons on Monday.

The ex-Foreign Secretary left the foreign secretary's official residence at Carlton Gardens, central London, late in the evening, accompanied by his wife Marina Wheeler, and without speaking to waiting reporters.

To trigger a no-confidence vote in the PM, 15% of Tory MPs must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, now Sir Graham Brady.

He feels so strongly that he has already written - and openly published - a letter of no confidence in Theresa May and sent it to the 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady.

Leaving the gathering, leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think there would be a confidence vote over Mrs May.

And senior backbencher Bernard Jenkin said there had been a "massive haemorrhage of trust" in Mrs May.

Although those close to Prime Minister May have tried to lessen the humiliation for the government by dismissing questions about her future, Widdecombe believes she will survive - for now.

It is believed that the former foreign secretary has long held ambitions to become PM, but since handing in his ferocious resignation letter on Monday, Johnson has yet to speak publicly on whether he will launch a leadership bid against May.

In his letter of resignation, he described her readiness to accept a "common rulebook" with the European Union in trade on goods and her proposal of "impractical and undeliverable customs arrangements" as being like "sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

Political uncertainty in Britain makes the possibility of a no-deal Brexit seem far more likely in the eyes of Brussels bureaucrats. "It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the United Kingdom as an open, outward-looking global economy", he wrote.

"When he says the Brexit dream is dying, he's really talking about the perspective he had on Brexit, but in my view that was never a live possibility in any instance".