David Davis has resigned as the government’s chief Brexit negotiator in a shock move that has placed Theresa May’s government in serious jeopardy.
In his letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Davis sights ‘a significant number of occasions’ in the last year in which he has disagreed with the Number 10 policy line.
Davis states in his resignation letter that the general direction of the current policy will leave the UK in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.
“at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one”
Davis’s letter makes clear his opposition to Friday’s Chequers Summit in which an agreement was reached to ‘maintain a common rulebook for all goods’ including agricultural products after Brexit.
He believes “the common rulebook” policy hands over large swathes of the UK economy to the EU and control by Parliament after Brexit will be “illusory”.
“Prime Minister, I’m going to be the odd man out on this”
Davis has revealed his opening remark to Theresa May during Fridays Cabinet meeting was ‘I’m going to be the odd man out on this’.
He also told the prime Minister “I hope you’re right, I hope I’m wrong”.
“Prime Minister, I’m going to be the odd man out on this” – @DavidDavisMP lifts the lid on the exchange with Theresa May at Chequers that led to last night’s resignation #r4today pic.twitter.com/PuiFW0oJ4K
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