Belfast Telegraph

David Davis warns the UK is giving away too much in Brexit talks

The outgoing Brexit Secretary insisted he still backs Theresa May as Prime Minister

David Davis has warned the UK is giving away “too much away, too easily” in the exit talks but backed Theresa May to remain Prime Minister after his dramatic resignation rocked her premiership.

The outgoing Brexit Secretary said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations and warned it was a “dangerous strategy”.

His late night resignation plunged Mrs May into a fresh leadership crisis and was swiftly followed out of the Department for Exiting the EU by ally Steve Baker.

But Mr Davis said a leadership challenge would be the “wrong thing to do” and insisted he believes Mrs May is a “good prime minister”.

Asked if she could survive, he replied: “oh yes, of course.”

The resignation letter from David Davis (Downing Street/PA)

Mr Davis told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “When we debated this at Cabinet on Friday my opening remark to Theresa was ‘Prime Minister, as you know I’m going to be the odd-man-out in this’. She knew this because I had written to her earlier in the week.”He admitted he had “lost the argument in Cabinet”, adding: “In my view, this policy has got a number of weaknesses.

“I would be front and centre in delivering this policy, explaining it to the House, persuading the House it is right, and then going out and delivering it with the EU.

“Frankly, just as it was known what the policy was, it was also known I had concerns about it.

“It would not have been a plausible thing to do and I wouldn’t have done a good job at it.”


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