UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned

Daniel Fowler
July 9, 2018

What happens next? Following are some scenarios.

She stamped her authority on her government and told ministers to back the plan for close ties to the bloc or leave.

"A very soft Brexit means that we haven't left, we are simply a rule-taker", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

So why did Davis resign, what does it mean for the future of Brexit negotiations and can May now survive?

Mr Davis said he could not remain in his post because he no longer believed in the plan for the UK's future relations with the European Union which was backed by the cabinet on Friday.

Brexiteers cast her proposals as a "worst-of-all-worlds "Black Hole" Brexit where the United Kingdom is stuck permanently as a vassal state in the EU's legal and regulatory tar-pit". He called a meeting of the group on Monday.

- Davis campaigned to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum and was one of three leading pro-Brexit ministers brought back into government by May. Major worldwide businesses such Siemens, Airbus and BMW have called for a close post-Brexit relationship.

Later, it was announced that Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab had been tapped to replace Davis.

The pound gained as much as half a percent to $1.3363, its best level since June 14.

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At each stage I have accepted collective responsibility because it is part of my task to find workable compromises, and because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.

He became a government whip ensuring party discipline and later, as Major's Europe minister, delighted in the nickname "Monsieur Non". May doesn't have a majority in Parliament so every vote counts.

Pro-Brexit MP Andrea Jenkyns in a tweet praised Davis for "having the principal and guts to resign".

- To trigger a formal leadership challenge, 48 Conservative lawmakers need to write to the chairman of a committee which represents the interests of Conservative members of parliament who are not part of the government.

This would be the worst of all worlds for May's party and most sensible Conservative MPs will do everything they can to avoid it.

A precursor to this could be the government losing the vote it has promised parliament on the final exit deal.

"This chaos is good for no one".

May has repeatedly ruled out another referendum, but about 100,000 supporters of the European Union marched through central London last month to demand that the British government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

The 69-year-old had reportedly threatened to quit several times over a perceived lack of firmness in Britain's negotiating stance but had remained strictly loyal to the prime minister in public.

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