David Davis announced his shock resignation over night, citing his disagreement with Theresa May on her proposal for a future agreement with Brussels.
The now former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union held crunch talks in Downing Street last night as leading civil servants attempted to persuade him not to resign. Their voices however, were clearly not enough to persuade the 69 year-old leave campaigner that the Prime Minister’s path is the correct one to go down.
Mr Davis spoke to the BBC this morning following his resignation and said it was “not tenable” for him to stay in post and try and persuade Tory MPs to back the policy when he did not think it was “workable”.
In his resignation letter sent to the Prime Minister last night, he said Mrs May’s proposal did not give parliament the sovereignty or freedom that the Brexit mandate demanded.
“The “common rule book” policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.”
He went on to say that “the current trend of policy and tactics” was making it “look less and less likely” that the UK would leave the customs union and single market.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 9, 2018
Mr Davis, who was appointed Brexit Secretary in 2016, said that “the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.”
The move now mounts the pressure on Mrs May, who has been accused by other Brexiteers of betraying the result of the 2016 referendum.
Mrs May’s focus should now be on delivering a full Brexit, not a half-attempt. The new Brexit Secretary, whoever they may be, will need to focus on delivering a full Brexit.
What does a Full Brexit Look Like?
- Control of our own laws: An end to Brussels dictating to UK courts. We will not have truly left if we do not have control of our own laws.
- Certainty: Detail provided wherever possible. The government will put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament.
- Strengthen the Union: As powers are repatriated back to Westminster, we will make sure that no barriers exist to living and doing business within our union.
- Control immigration: The message from the public before and after the campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to the UK from Europe.
- Rights for EU nationals: The UK has told other EU leaders that EU nationals here get the certainty, as long as they is returned to British citizens in Europe.
If the Prime Minister is to deliver a successful Brexit for the UK, these points must be adhered to.