Theresa May's Cabinet in crisis as David Davis resigns over Brexit plan

Theresa May and David Davis

Last night, Brexit Secretary David Davis, along with two other ministers, resigned from the Cabinet following the Brexit outcome reached on Friday.

British media reported that junior Brexit minister Steve Baker had also stepped down.

He said that delivering on the Conservative election commitment of leaving the customs union and single market was looking "less and less likely", that there had been a "progressive dilution" of a previous cabinet agreement that the United Kingdom could diverge from the EU, and that his advice on strict conditions being attached to the recent Northern Ireland backstop proposal was snubbed.

He said he was anxious the government's negotiating approach would "lead to further demands for concessions" from Brussels.

Theresa May replied to Davis' letter, saying she did not agree "with your characterisation of the policy we agreed at Cabinet on Friday".

She said she was "sorry" he was leaving but would "like to thank you warmly for everything you have done.to shape our departure from the EU".

Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson campaigned for Leave in the 2016 referendum.

A Brexiteer hailed his resignation as a "principled and courageous decision".

Ian Lavery, chair of the Labour Party, said: "This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left".

Throughout his time as Brexit secretary, Davis made many gaffes - particularly in relation to Ireland.

The Sun newspaper's political editor Tom Newton-Dunn said on Twitter that it appeared that there was the possibility of a move against Mrs May as prime minister starting.

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A Downing Street source said MPs will continue to be briefed on the plans, and officials will explain how it does not "breach our manifesto pledges, or our Brexit red lines".

The prime minister will have a crunch meeting with members of her Tory party to discuss her plan in Parliament on Monday evening.

Andrew Bridgen, a Tory backbencher, told the BBC: "I'm very, very disappointed with the offer that we've seen coming out of Chequers".

Before the resignations, it was understood a leadership challenge against Theresa May was imminent with letters calling for a no-confidence vote piling up.

"I would like to thank you warmly for everything you have done over the past two years as Secretary of State to shape our departure from the European Union", she said.

Conservative MP Peter Bone told BBC News Davis had "done the right thing", adding, "the PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

A letter reported to be circulating among Tory MPs on Sunday is said to accuse her of "complete capitulation" and making promises that were "a pretence and a charade meant to dupe the electorate".

Some Brexit backers cheered Davis on.

David Davis had already expressed unease over the compromise plan. "You deserve the final say".

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.

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