UK: David Davis resigns as Brexit Secretary

Prime Minister Theresa May could shortly propose a Brexit model that is similar to the relationship enjoyed between Jersey and the EU

Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove talks about the planned cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister's official country residence Chequers later this week, on the BBC radio Today programme in London Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new Brexit plan honors the negotiating red lines of Prime Minister Theresa May and meets the demands of business even if it does not match all the hopes of some anti-EU campaigners, Environment Minister Michael Gove said.

"If the Brexit Secretary could not support them they cannot genuinely be delivering Brexit".

Davis gave a speech urging colleagues to get behind May, while Johnson raised a toast to the prime minister during dinner, people briefed on the encounter said.

Loud applause could be heard at the end of the 1922 Committee meeting, which the PM attended for just over an hour.

The document has not been endorsed by the ERG but was "devastating", a Brexiteer source said.

But ministerial aide Chris Green resigned his position as a parliamentary private secretary to the Department for Transport after the meeting, saying in a letter to Mrs May that she had confirmed his fears that "we would not really leave the EU" under her proposals. May hopes it will jumpstart the acrimonious discussions about the terms of Brexit.

The common rulebook for goods, including food and agricultural products, could limit the UK's ability to strike trade deals with countries such as the USA, for whom securing market access for American farmers would be a big prize.

There was no such design for close ties for Britain's huge services sector, and London-based banks were warned they will lose their current levels of access to the European Union market. It would also accept a limited role for bloc's top court.

Any final deal must be agreed in the House of Commons, where May has only a slim majority dependent on the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to finalize a detailed proposal to put to the European Union in the final stages of the negotiations, but has been thwarted by a cabinet riven by different visions of what Brexit should, or can, accomplish.

The government has to put a Brexit deal with the European Union to a Commons vote this autumn. Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign.

"If she sticks with this deal I would have no confidence in it, and if the Prime Minister sticks with this deal I would have no confidence in her", he told the BBC.

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans.

"This is a proposal that I believe will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the European Union, and I look forward to it being received positively", Mrs May told the BBC. She thanked him for his work.

Britain would expect to play a "strong role" in shaping the global standards which underpin these rules and parliament would also reserve the right to reject any new rules.

Other Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers have criticised the Chequers "peace deal", saying that May's plans offered a Brexit in name only, a betrayal of what they saw as her promise for a clean break with the EU.

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

Since becoming prime minister almost two years ago, May - whose party does not enjoy a majority in Parliament - has endured outspoken criticism from senior ministers, most notably Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who wants a total rupture with the EU.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Saturday the new plan may well "unravel" in the coming days.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc would assess the plans when they are fleshed out in a policy paper next week, to "see if they are workable and realistic".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, warned that a common rulebook could make "trade deals nearly impossible" if it meant regulations would have to apply to any goods coming into the UK.

Then she will nearly certainly face a backlash from Brexit true believers inside her Tory party in parliament, with Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group likely to raise grave concerns over the proposals when May meets colleagues on Monday.



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