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UK Cabinet in crisis as Davis resigns

2018-07-09 09:32:32       source:The Times

July 9, 2018

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. Mr Davis was said to have held only four hours of direct talks with Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator, this year.

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