If Davis” resignation emboldens the faction in favour of a “hard Brexit’, she may end up facing a rebellion that could ultimately block her final exit deal when it is put before parliament in a vote expected later this year.
She told BBC Two’s Newsnight: “I think if the prime minister makes further concessions with the European Union then there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet, from junior ministers to PPSs because there is only so much that you can give in a negotiation”.
The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said meeting Johnson was “not on the schedule but the president makes his own schedule”. Many eurosceptics are angry, saying the agreed strategy betrays her promise for a clean break with the European Union, raising the prospect that some could try to unseat her.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was forced to stop his statement to MPs setting out the controversial plans after they were not handed out in advance.
“We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland”. “An agreement was reached by the cabinet on Friday and now we are moving forward to negotiate that plan”, May’s spokesman told reporters. “If we don’t, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all”, she said.
Brexit-backing lawmakers have been angered by May’s plans, saying they will keep Britain too close to the European Union and limit its ability to strike new trade deals.
The government has not said how much this will cost the United Kingdom annually, this will be part of the negotiations.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid published an interview with Trump as May was hosting him at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Britain’s World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill – the leader who coined the term “special relationship” for the trans-Atlantic bond.
When Mr Johnson’s resignation was announced last Monday, Mr Davis said he “regretted” his party colleague had come to the conclusion to quit. Voter approval of her handling of Brexit has fallen to 29 per cent, a poll said.
Mr Davis said “the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one”.
The customs bill – formally known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, will give the government the power to adopt a new customs policy after it leaves the EU.
He added he would “listen to what the Prime Minister has got to say on Monday evening at the 1922 Committee” before deciding what action to take.
Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson quit cabinet in protest over the proposals and Mrs May’s Brexiteers are in open revolt as they try to kill off her Chequers plan – keeping in reserve the option of trying to depose her.
Gina Miller, who took the British Government to court in her battle to secure a parliamentary vote on a Brexit deal, described the day’s events as extraordinary.
Amendments tabled to the customs bill threaten to undermine Theresa May’s plan for future UK-EU relations.
Theresa May will continue her efforts to persuade Conservative lawmakers to back her Brexit strategy, inviting them to her Chequers country residence on Friday afternoon after U.S. President Donald Trump has left.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of a group of Brexit supporters in the Conservative Party, said Davis’ resignation proved that their concerns were well-founded.
Mrs May heard Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Peter Bone tell how activists in his Wellingborough constituency refused to campaign at the weekend because they felt “betrayed” by the Chequers accord.