UK Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

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London, July 9 (IANS) Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned as a government minister, delivering a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, the media reported.

May has accepted Davis’ resignation, according to a statement from her office, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

“The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one,” Davis said in his resignation letter which was published by May’s office.

The surprising move came days after May secured her cabinet’s support for her Brexit plan despite claims from the Brexiteer camp that it was “too soft.”

Davis, who was appointed Brexit secretary in 2016, was responsible for negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

One leading newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, said on Monday his shock decision has plunged May’s minority government into a crisis.

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Speculation was growing in Westminster late Sunday and early Monday that a growing number of supporters of a harder Brexit, who are unhappy with May’s proposals, are calling for a leadership challenge.

–IANS

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