Britain's Brexit secretary suddenly resigns

Britain's Brexit secretary suddenly resigns

Conservative MP Dominic Raab has been appointed the new Brexit secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May following David Davis's resignation Sunday night.

In a move that unnerved Conservative Party eurosceptics, Steve Baker, a minister who worked for Davis, also quit, saying in his letter to May: "I can not support this policy with the sincerity and resolve which will be necessary".

Davis said the so-called "soft Brexit" plan, which proposes maintaining a "UK-EU free-trade area" would leave the U.K.in "at best, a weak negotiating position and at worst, an inescapable one".

"In my view, this policy has got a number of weaknesses".

The Common Rulebook is another way of saying that the United Kingdom will blindly follow European Union rules and regulations.

"I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions", he writes. These meetings are normally an opportunity for the prime minister to rally her troops and rarely result in any great dissent from the backbenches.

Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson campaigned for Leave in the 2016 referendum. He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has repeatedly called for reversing Brexit, echoing other critics such as French President Emmanuel Macron and billionaire investor George Soros, who have suggested that Britain could still change its mind.

The resignation comes just hours before May was due in parliament to explain her plan for Britain to adopt European Union rules on goods after Brexit, amid anger from MPs in her own party who want a cleaner break.

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Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said the resignation was proof that May "has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit".

While May's plan for exiting the European Union has not been fully revealed to all members of her party - let alone to Parliament, the business community or the public - the brief outline that was released shows she supports a middle way of compromise with Brussels, keeping Britain closely aligned with Europe on standards, "a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products".

It is unclear whether Brussels will accept this, after repeatedly warning Britain it can not "cherry-pick" bits of its single market.

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

- Davis led Britain's negotiations in Brussels on the terms of the European Union divorce, and the future relationship with the bloc.

After many months of rumours that he would pull the plug, David Davis has actually quit as Brexit Secretary.

From there, he took a higher degree in business at the London Business School, attending the advanced management programme at elite U.S. university Harvard while pursuing a career on the board of sugar giant Tate and Lyle.

He also served as a reservist in the SAS, the British army's elite special force unit, before entering politics and being elected to parliament in 1987.

"With her Government in chaos, if she clings on, it's clear she's more interested in hanging on for her own sake than serving the people of our country", he tweeted.

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