David Davis resigned last night, signalling that he could no longer support Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and prompting the worst crisis since the prime minister lost her government majority. The Brexit secretary announced his resignation minutes before midnight, after an evening negotiation, in an apparent attempt to throw Mrs May off the path of the softest possible Brexit. Steve Baker, the Brexit minister in charge of no-deal planning, also quit. Friends said that Mr Davis had been building towards the resignation for weeks, fed up at being ignored by the prime minister and sidelined in favour of Olly Robbins, her all-powerful Europe adviser.
THE Cabinet member responsible for Brexit, David Davis, has resigned from the position in a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May. Mrs May is hoping to win over Tory Brexiteers after a backlash against her plans for leaving the European Union. But Mr Davis, who signed up to the plan agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday, has now quit. His exit may embolden Brexiteer backbenchers with concerns about Mrs May’s leadership.
DAVID Davis’s resignation from the Cabinet has been met with praise from Conservative Brexiteers, who say the Brexit Secretary has acted with “principle” by quitting the Government over Theresa May’s negotiation plan. Wellingborough MP Peter Bone tweeted his support for the resignation, saying: “David Davis has done the right thing, a principled and brave decision. “The Prime Minister’s proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable.”
Brexit Secretary David Davis, who has been leading negotiations to leave the EU, has resigned from the government. In his resignation letter, Mr Davis criticised the PM’s Brexit plan – agreed by the cabinet on Friday – saying it would leave Parliament with “at best a weak negotiating position”. In her reply, Mrs May said she did not agree but thanked him for his work. Junior minister Steve Baker quit shortly after Mr Davis – as Mrs May prepares to face MPs and peers later. In his letter, Mr Davis told Mrs May 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.
BREXIT Secretary David Davis left Theresa May’s leadership in crisis last night after quitting the government in protest at the Prime Minister’s plans for a soft Brexit. Mr Davis announced his resignation just minutes before midnight with a devastating letter warning Mrs May her proposals, agreed last week at Chequers, would leave the UK in “a weak negotiating position” with Brussels. He said there had been a “significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line”.
David Davis has resigned his position as Brexit secretary. His resignation comes just two days after the Cabinet agreed to soften the Brexit deal they sought with the European Union, leading to accusations of ‘selling out’ among Brexiteers. Tory MP Peter Bone said that Davis had “done the right thing” and described his decision as ‘principled’ and ‘brave’. DexEU Junior Ministers Steve Baker and Suella Braverman also tender their resignations.
David Davis has quit his cabinet job following a major row with Theresa May over her plans for post-Brexit relations with the EU. His resignation as Brexit secretary deals a heavy blow to the stability of the prime minister’s administration, with two other ministers almost immediately following suit. The departure of Mr Davis, Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, who had also served in the Department for Exiting the EU, could now embolden other senior figures to quit.
Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned from Theresa May’s government late on Sunday night, followed swiftly by junior ministers Steve Baker and Suella Braverman. The Monmouth MP, who collaborated with Leave.EU-backed Grassroots Out campaign as well as the establishment Vote Leave outfit during the EU referendum, made frequent threats to resign during his time as leader of the newly-created Department for Exiting the European Union, reportedly due to persistent efforts by the Remain-supporting Theresa May and her main adviser, Soviet-sympathising bureaucrat Olly Robbins, to undermine his negotiations with Brussels.
Telegraph (by Theresa May)
In the two years since the EU referendum, the government I lead has worked ceaselessly towards achieving a Brexit deal that honours the result of that vote and puts the United Kingdom on track for a prosperous future. We have already made considerable progress, with agreement on protecting the rights of EU citizens living here in the UK and British citizens living in the EU, on an implementation period to give businesses time to prepare, and on a fair financial settlement.
A LEADERSHIP challenge against Theresa May appears imminent following her Brexit manifesto, it has been revealed, with letters calling for a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister piling up. Letters are being lodged with Graham Brady, Chairman of the influential 1922 Committee, ahead of a Tory Party showdown on Monday. The fallout comes amid mounting fury from disgruntled Conservative backbenchers following publication of Mrs May’s 12-point Brexit manifesto.
Theresa May is facing a potential leadership crisis after David Davis savaged the Government’s approach to Brexit while dramatically quitting as Brexit Secretary. It comes as the Prime Minister hopes to win over Tory Brexiteers after a backlash against her plans for leaving the European Union. Mr Davis, who signed up to the strategy agreed at Chequers on Friday, quit on Sunday night. His junior ministerial colleague Steve Baker has also quit his role at the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu), while fellow Brexit minister Suella Braverman is also reported to have stepped down.
Tory MPs are officially calling for a vote of confidence in Theresa May. Crucially she expects them to reach the threshold needed to trigger the make-or-break poll. Reports suggest several letters calling for a vote of no confidence have already been sent to the chair of the influential 1922 Committee chair Graham Brady. If 48 MPs send such letters then Mrs May will be fighting for her political life as she will face a vote on whether she can continue as Tory leader and PM.
Nearly four in ten voters believe Theresa May’s Chequers deal is a betrayal of the referendum amid a hostile reaction from the Tory party faithful, it was revealed last night. An opinion poll found that 35 per cent believe the Brexit compromise agreed by the Cabinet is the best deal Britain will get from the EU, while 38 per cent dismissed it as a sell-out. The survey of 1,007 adults by Survation found that Jeremy Corbyn has moved ahead of Mrs May, with support for Labour up two points in the past fortnight to 40 per cent and the Tories down three points to 38.
Theresa May will address her MPs today facing the threat of a leadership challenge, after furious Tory Eurosceptics railed against the government’s Brexit strategy. The plan, agreed by ministers after 12 hours of closed talks at Chequers on Friday, provoked a furious backlash among Brexiteer MPs, who claim it keeps Britain too closely aligned with the EU and is “hugely damaging” to the reputation of the prime minister and her party. As the fallout intensified, Tory MPs began circulating a draft letter accusing Ms May of “complete capitulation” and saying “the time has come for a new leader”.
Theresa May will face down angry Eurosceptic Conservative MPs on Monday as she urges both them and the country to unite behind her soft Brexit ahead of the publication of the government’s long-awaited white paper. The prime minister has encountered a backlash from the pro-Brexit wing of her party, with MPs warning they are prepared to trigger a leadership contest after the cabinet agreed to back her vision of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Dozens of Tory MPs have attended emergency briefings in Downing Street since the Chequers summit on Friday, at which Boris Johnson said that colleagues would be “polishing a turd” if they tried to defend the plans to the party and public.
BREXITEER MPs today launched a bid to topple Theresa May – and replace her with Jacob Rees-Mogg. Eurosceptic Tories said they were so furious with the PM’s Chequers deal that they’re willing to throw her out of power. And they insisted the only possible replacement is Mr Rees-Mogg – blasting Boris Johnson for refusing to stand up to Mrs May. The PM has won the support of her Cabinet for a plan which would tie Britain closely to the EU permanently. The proposal would see the UK keep European rules on goods, and strike a customs deal which would keep trade flowing across borders.
Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg appears to be ready to reject Theresa May’s EU plan. Writing for The Telegraph, he has said: “If the proposals are as they currently appear I will vote against them and others may well do the same.” Mogg has then spoken to Sky News about the resignation of David Davis and others, saying: “If the Brexit Secretary cannot support them then they cannot be very good proposals. It was an attempt to bounce the Cabinet. It was a serious mistake.” Now is the time for Brexiteers to fight for independence. And that means taking down Theresa May.
TORY MP Jacob-Rees Mogg is adamant he will not vote for a “punishment Brexit” that keeps Britain in the European Union “in all but name” as Theresa May faces a huge backlash over her latest fudge. The arch-Brexiteer’s vow comes just hours after Theresa’s May’s Chequers Cabinet summit led to the publication of a 12-point Brexit manifesto. Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservatives, warned he would not vote for a plan which crossed the red lines set out in Mrs May’s blueprint. But he was adamant he would examine full details of the proposals to see “have the red lines have been turned pink”.
Theresa May will today insist she has chosen the ‘right Brexit for Britain’ as she tries to quell a backbench revolt. Eurosceptics have accused her of selling out the 17.4 million voters who backed Leave with the ‘soft Brexit’ plan agreed by her Cabinet at Chequers on Friday. Such is the level of Tory backbench anger, Mrs May will today issue an extraordinary point-by-point rebuttal of their attacks. The Prime Minister will urge the Conservative Party to ‘stand united’ behind her in a showdown meeting with backbenchers tonight, who said yesterday Mrs May must win them over or face immediate moves to oust her as leader.
Britain is prepared for ‘no deal’ and will walk away from the Brexit negotiations in March 2019 unless the European Union starts making concessions, Michael Gove has said. The Environment Secretary has warned Brussels that ministers have agreed to “step up” no-deal preparations and that if it remains “ungenerous and inflexible” Theresa May will have to “contemplate walking away”. Defending the Prime Minister’s controversial Brexit plan, which came in for fierce criticism from Tory Eurosceptics this weekend, Mr Gove said that Britain had shown “flexibility” and the Government expected Brussels to reciprocate.
Jeremy Corbyn could be the primary beneficiary of Brexit Secretary David Davis’s decision to resign from Theresa May’s government last night. Should Mrs May call an election in an attempt to regain control of her party after months of Brexit-related chaos – or should she be ousted by her colleagues – the Labour leader would become Britain’s next prime minister, according to the latest poll. The survey of 1,007 adults by Survation found that Mr Corbyn has moved ahead of Mrs May, with support for Labour up two points in the past fortnight to 40 per cent and the Tories down three points to 38.
Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May to call a general election is she fails to get Parliament to support the final Brexit deal. The Labour leader said the government’s Brexit plan, agreed after hours of talks at Chequers, did not have “widespread support” among Conservative MPs. If Ms May cannot secure MPs’ backing for proposals for Britain’s future relationship with the EU then she should “trigger a general election”, he said.
Grammar schools are cutting teaching numbers, dropping A-level subjects and increasing class sizes despite Theresa May‘s high-profile backing, it was claimed yesterday. Heads said grammars were facing a funding crisis, sparking accusations that they are being ‘betrayed’ by the Prime Minister – who announced plans to create a raft of new selective schools when she entered No 10. Among them is the Henrietta Barnett School in North London, England’s best girls’ grammar, which has reportedly dropped several A-levels and sought donations from parents.
The number of older people in England without social care support has hit a record high, with one in seven now being left to get by on their own, figures reveal. A record total of 1.4 million people over 65 now have some level of unmet need with tasks such as getting up, washed and dressed, according to an analysis of official statistics by AgeUK. “Older people around the country are being very badly let down by the catastrophic lack of government funding for social care,” said Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director.
Bed blocking is costing taxpayers more than £500 a minute, a shock report reveals. A bombshell new analysis by Age UK highlights the “staggering” cost of delayed discharges from hospitals due to a lack of social care in the community. Councils are struggling to provide social care for millions of elderly Brits because their budgets have been slashed by billions of pounds by the Tories. The short-sighted cuts mean hospitals cannot discharge patients – even though they are ready to leave – because there are no local social care beds.
Around 4,500 new cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) were recorded in England over the last year, more than one every two hours, official data shows. Between April 2017 and March 2018, around 6,200 women and girls who visited a doctor, midwife, or other public health services in England had been exposed to the form of abuse at some point, the National Health Service (NHS) said on Thursday. Some cases had already been recorded, but 4,495 were being logged for the first time since the government made it compulsory for medical practitioners to report cases of FGM in 2015.
Police chiefs have warned that protecting President Donald Trump during his visit to the UK this week will require a bigger mobilisation of officers than the 2011 London riots. With thousands of people set to protest the American leader’s arrival on Thursday – and throughout his trip to Scotland, Windsor and the capital – one chief constable has said police are being asked for numbers as though ‘London was burning down’. Almost all forces will send extra officers to help keep order at massive demonstrations planned in the capital and elsewhere during Mr Trump’s stay.
Donald Trump faces a frosty reception when he arrives in the UK later this week, but people still believe Theresa May is right to engage with him in pursuit of a trade deal, a new poll has revealed. The BMG survey for The Independent showed more people thinking it was wrong to invite him to Britain, supporting protests against him and thinking Theresa May should be more critical of her opposite number. But it also revealed a pragmatic streak in public opinion, with more people thinking the UK should make “every effort” to oblige the US leader and believing a quick trade deal is possible after Brexit.
DONALD Trump will be an ‘honoured guest’ despite the controversy raging over this week’s visit to the UK, Britain’s ambassador to the United States believes. The US President will meet Theresa May, the Queen and more than 100 prominent business leaders during his four-day trip. But thousands of protestors are set to march in the streets against Mr Trump, with officials fearful of how the notoriously volatile President will react to public criticism. London mayor Sadiq Khan sparked fury by granting permission for a six-metre inflatable baby balloon mocking Mr Trump to be flown over London.
The mainstream media has given breathless coverage to how Britons can protest the visit of the democratically-elected President of the United States, Britain’s closest ally, next week. The taxpayer-funded BBC, which presents itself as politically neutral, told its readers, “Get ready, UK”, when sharing the article “Giant ‘Trump Baby’ could fly over London for president’s visit” on Facebook. Commuter freesheet the Metro dedicated a whole comment piece to Leo Murray, the self-styled ‘activist’ and creator of the grotesque 20-foot caricature balloon of President Donald J. Trump which leftist London Mayor Sadiq Khan granted permission to fly in the capital during the visit.
The NHS will have to spend £18 billion over the next three years just to get on top of targets, deal with a maintenance backlog and improve staffing levels and finances, analysis suggests. NHS Providers, which represents trusts, said that “filling the gaps that have opened up after almost a decade of austerity will account for much if not most of the new money recently announced by the prime minister”. Theresa May announced last month that the NHS would receive a 3.4 per cent funding rise over five years, equivalent to £20 billion per year by 2023.
A woman has died in hospital more than a week after she was exposed to novichok in the first death from the nerve agent attack on Britain that the government has attributed to Russia. The killing of Dawn Sturgess, a mother of three, will increase pressure on President Putin after Sajid Javid, the home secretary, accused the Kremlin of using Britain as a dumping ground for poison. It is thought that Ms Sturgess, 44, and her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, came into contact accidentally with an item contaminated by novichok that was used to try to kill Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter, Yulia, four months ago.
The mother poisoned by Novichok in Wiltshire has died in hospital after suffering massive heart failure. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were infected by the deadly nerve agent after picking up a contaminated item – thought to be a syringe – near where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was found unconscious in Salisbury. The mother-of-three, who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, suffered a heart attack after coming into contact with the agent. Scotland Yard said they have launched a murder investigation – the second major probe involving the nerve agent this year, following the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.