After months of threatening to resign over Theresa May’s rubbish attempts to make Brexit work, David Davis has resigned as the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Why did he finally make his own exit?
Did he realise that four hours of talks with the EU27 in half a year was not taking his work seriously and accept he was doing a terrible job?
Did he come to his senses and finally understand that leaving the EU will be ruinous for the UK and should not happen?
Did he cotton on to the fact that the latest attempt to overcome the Irish border question – by applying UK tariffs for goods on the way in and EU tariffs for those on the way out – means there will still be a hard border; those trying to cross will have to be stopped and checked for taxable goods? It seems Theresa May has given up on finding a workable solution and decided it is easier to lie about it instead.
Did he realise that the ‘plan’ knocked out in Chequers over the weekend won’t end the influence of the European Court of Justice on the UK, because decisions by UK courts would involve “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continued to apply a common rulebook” and cases will still be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as the interpreter of EU rules?
Or did he simply read The Observer and accept that any ‘plan’ that has the support of Michael Gove – now a government minister but formerly a member of the ‘Leave’ campaign, which the Electoral Commission is about to denounce as criminal – is terminally discredited by association?
One doubts he has the self-awareness for the first two possibilities.
Any or all of the other three are distinctly likely, though.
As for the resignation of fellow DExEU ministers Steve Baker and Suella Braverman? Who cares?
The joy of this, for Lefties like This Writer, is that it throws Theresa May’s government into uproar at just the wrong time.
Mrs May was looking forward to a hard enough job trying to persuade hard-Brexit Tory backbenchers that her new ‘plan’ was worth supporting – she’s not a leader and doesn’t find it easy to persuade others.
Now she has to reshuffle her government – finding three ministers from among the very backbenchers who are now less likely to support her than they were when her plan was announced.
It seems anybody she approaches is far more likely to be signing their name to a ‘no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership’ letter to Sir Graham Brady, leader of the backbench 1922 Committee – triggering a leadership election.
Here’s hoping, eh?
What a diabolical shambles. My advice? Buy popcorn and enjoy the spectacle of Theresa May getting desperate.
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