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David Davis has resigned as British Brexit Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, according to reports.
“He is exchanging (resignation) letters with the PM,” a source close to the minister said on Monday, according to Reuters. When asked why he was resigning, the source added: “Chequers.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday accepted Davis’s resignation.
“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 EU,” she said.
According to The Telegraph, Steve Baker, a Minister who worked for Davis in the Brexit Department, had also resigned.
The resignations came on Sunday night following tensions in the cabinet over Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision for Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU.
“Fantastic news. Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign,” Brexit Campaigner and Conservative Lawmaker Andrea Jenkyns said on Twitter.
“I take my hat off to you. We need to make sure this is now a game changer for #Brexit.”
Conservative MP Peter Bone welcomed his resignation saying he had “done the right thing.”
“The PM’s proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable,” he added.
Labour Party Chairman Ian Lavery said, “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.”
Davis was appointed as Brexit Secretary in 2016 and was responsible for negotiating the British withdrawal from the EU.