Britain's Brexit Secretary Abruptly Quits, Throwing Deal To Leave EU In Doubt

Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker

May's government has been deeply divided over the issue of Brexit, and Davis's departure will rock a party already struggling from significant internal disagreements.

Davis quit late Sunday, saying he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union, commonly known as a "soft Brexit", after the departure takes place next year.

Their complaints raise a question mark over whether May can win backing in parliament for her plans if any deal with the European Union is agreed later this year, and some suggest several of them could try to trigger a leadership contest against her.

The UK's top share index inched higher on Monday after the resignation of Brexit minister David Davis had little immediate effect on Prime Minister Theresa May's hold on power, fuelling talk that a soft Brexit was more likely. The junior Brexit minister, Steve Baker, also resigned, Downing Street confirmed Monday.

If Davis" resignation emboldens the faction in favour of a "hard Brexit', she may end up facing a rebellion that could ultimately block her final exit deal when it is put before parliament in a vote expected later this year.

Davis said Monday that he believed Britain was "giving too much away, too easily" in the exit talks, saying May's plan "would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome".

"I'm seeking Brexit. The key is that Brexit is delivered properly", he told LBC Radio.

Some want to use his resignation as a springboard for a leadership challenge, but Davis said he did not want it to become a rallying cry for May's ouster. "That's not a tenable position".

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He was particularly critical of the proposal for a "common rulebook" to allow free trade in goods, saying this "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

Brexit supporters argue that the move to follow the EU's rule book on trade will hamper the UK's ability to strike trade deals around the world, and will keep the country subservient to Brussels.

Meanwhile, UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has reportedly resigned because of how the meeting to hammer out the cabinet agreement was handled.

Asked whether he would support a leadership challenge against Prime Minister May, Rees-Mogg refused to rule out the prospect but said a change in policy was more important than a change in leadership.

The plan seeks to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.

Nigel Farage congratulated Mr Davis for quitting and called for Mrs May to be replaced as prime minister, accusing her of being "duplicitous" and claiming her response "shows she is controlled by the civil service".

Johnson has not commented publicly since Friday.

"I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions", he said, concluding that his post required "an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript".

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