Brexit secretary, David Davis has resigned his role in the British government, in a major blow to prime minister Theresa May.
Ms May is hoping to win over Tory Brexiteers after a backlash against her plans for leaving the European Union.
Mr Davis, who had signed up to the plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers on Friday, has quit, however. Two senior sources confirmed Mr Davis’s departure from the cabinet. Dominic Raab appointed Brexit secretary after Davis resigns. Jacob Rees-Mogg hails Davis’s ‘very important’ resignation
David Davis resign is no surprise but it delivers a fresh crisis for May
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “We’ll see how things develop, Reacting to the development,
“As far as I am concerned, when Theresa May speaks she speaks for the UK government and that’s the basis I’ll be working on.”
Mr Davis ’s exit could embolden Brexiteer backbenchers with concerns over Ms May’s leadership.
The move comes on the eve of a major test for the prime minister as she faces first the House of Commons, and then a potentially stormy meeting of Tory MPs and peers on Monday.
Theresa May is expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on at Chequers is the “right Brexit” for Britain.