After David Davis' resignation, rumours of a no confidence vote are growing. But would it succeed? (And does it matter?)by Stephanie Boland / July 9, 2018 / Leave a comment
After repeated threats to resign, he’s finally done it. This weekend, while Pride revellers danced in the streets of Soho, and the country celebrated the fact that it is now, surely, coming home, David Davis was planning his (actual) resignation.
The former Brexit minister’s departure followed Friday’s meeting at Chequers, at which the Prime Minister seemed to have secured backing for what her critics consider too soft a Brexit bluebrint. Boris Johnson apparently called the proposed deal “a turd.”
Nevertheless, the sense on Saturday morning was that even the sceptics had been worn down by a long day of negotiating, and they ultimately agreed to the proposal.
Yet after a weekend of contemplation, Davis tendered his resignation just before midnight on Sunday. (Surprising, apparently, several members of his own department.)
The former minister has long been frustrated by the prominence of May’s Europe advisor Olly Robbins.
The question now is whether others will follow Davis.
Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Penny Mordaunt were all apparently pushing for a harder Brexit at Chequers, with Liam Fox and Michael Gove also worth keeping an eye on.