UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

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Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the United Kingdom government in protest at Theresa May's plans for future ties with the EU.

She said he was not any ordinary cabinet minister but was the "face" of the Leave campaign during the 2016 referendum and his departure would fuel speculation about a leadership challenge.

The resignation is a blow to Mrs May as she seeks to win over Eurosceptic MPs to her proposed Brexit vision.

Davis was appointed two years ago to head up the newly created Department for Exiting the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc in a referendum.

"I think one of the things it will do is make people very conscious of any further concessions".

She said she was "sorry" he was leaving but would "like to thank you warmly for everything you have done.to shape our departure from the EU".

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.

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said the government was "in meltdown".

Yours ever, David Davis. "That's not a tenable position".

The move, while not completely surprising, throws doubt on to how secure the government's Brexit strategy is.

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary", May's spokesman said in a statement.


Jacob Rees-Mogg, who commands about 60 hardline euroskeptics, said a confidence vote wasn't in the offing and said he thought May would still be premier in March, when Britain is due to leave the bloc.

"I worry about the fine detail and that it will not work out as we hope", he said.

Denying that he wanted to unseat the prime minister, he said he would now "argue for being as firm as possible". Michael Gove, May's environment minister, said on Sunday that while the agreed negotiating stance was not flawless, he believed it delivered on handing back control to Britain.

Any attempt to replace May now would also put huge pressure on the government to call a general election, which would not only risk putting Jeremy Corbyn in power, but also threaten the whole future of the Brexit project.

The British political press said more resignations might follow.

Meanwhile, some Remain-supporting politicians said the resignation was evidence of the need for a second referendum.

But her spokesman signaled on Monday she would not back down over the "business friendly" agreement, saying May would now focus on moving the Brexit negotiations forward - a step European Union officials and businesses have long called for.

Ever since May's botched bet on a snap election in 2017 lost her party its majority in parliament, she has been vulnerable but there are few candidates who could unite her divided party.

The Independent adds, "Davis's resignation allows the Brexit irreconcilables to think that there must be a better way, even if it means leaving the European Union without a deal. You deserve the final say".

He said there had been a "significant number of occasions in the previous year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line".

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