David Davis, British Brexit Secretary, resigns: United Kingdom media reports

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Reports said Mr Davis resigned on Sunday, 48 hours after Ms May announced her divided Government had at last agreed on a plan for ties with the European Union after the United Kingdom leaves next year.

Davis, a sharp operator and a gut-instinct politician, was a "Leave" campaigner in the referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

He was particularly critical of the proposal for a "common rulebook" to allow free trade in goods, saying this "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

Davis said Monday that he believed Britain was "giving too much away, too easily" in the exit talks, saying May's plan "would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome".

Some Brexit backers cheered Davis on.

The Liberal Democrats called on people to sign a petition for a vote on the proposed deal, adding: "The resignation of David Davis is yet more evidence of the chaos of this Tory Brexit".

In a blow to the beleaguered prime minister, Davis told May in a letter that the government's proposals for close trade and customs ties "will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

As you know there have been a significant number of occasions in the past year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line, ranging from accepting the Commission's sequencing of negotiations through to the language on Northern Ireland in the December Joint Report.

Most damningly of all, Davis suggests that May could shift even further towards a soft Brexit.

I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions.

Will there now be a leadership challenge against May?

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"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.

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May is due to meet her lawmakers later on Monday.

- To trigger a formal leadership challenge, 48 Conservative lawmakers need to write to the chairman of a committee which represents the interests of Conservative members of parliament who are not part of the government.

Is May's future on the brink?

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Conservative MP Dominic Raab has been appointed the new Brexit secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May following David Davis's resignation Sunday night. "It has been worrying the prime minister's advisers from the start".

More importantly for May's most anti-EU critics in the party, getting rid of May now would not fundamentally change the parliamentary arithmetic, which is now firmly in favour of a softer Brexit.

The 69-year-old had reportedly threatened to quit several times over a perceived lack of firmness in Britain's negotiating stance but had remained strictly loyal to the prime minister in public.

Are we heading for a general election?

. Hours after Theresa May's Chequers peace summit, her Brexit strategy is once again left in tatters.

For this reason, any challenge against May would nearly certainly fail, leaving her in power but significantly weakened, just when her authority is most needed to secure a successful outcome from Brexit negotiations.

The PM's Brexit strategy was met with condemnation by many Eurosceptic MPs within her Conservative party, with many claiming the blueprint would be worse than "no deal".

However, it is now very clear that she is on borrowed time.

He told BBC 5 Live: "These proposals will have to come to the House of Commons in legislation and the question is 'will they command support from Conservative MPs?'".

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