U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker quit the government on Sunday in what threatens to be a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority.The resignations comes just two days after May secured the backing of her cabinet for a plan to keep close ties to the European Union after leaving the bloc. Davis and Baker, both longstanding euroskeptics, decided they could not support the policy, a person familiar with the matter said. May’s office confirmed that Davis had resigned but had no comment yet on the reasons.The pound weakened slightly on the news.Davis, Baker and other pro-Brexit members of May’s Conservative party held deep concerns about her plans for keeping the U.K. tied to EU rules for goods and adopting a close customs arrangement with the other 27 member countries.They feel Britain should have a clean break from the bloc and be liberated to pursue new trade deals with other countries, as well as to make its own laws, free from European influence.As the minister responsible for the Brexit negotiations, Davis is a major voice in the debate in the U.K. The double resignation on Sunday has the potential to derail May’s government and set… Read full this story
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