David Davis has resigned his position as Brexit secretary.
His resignation comes just two days after the Cabinet agreed to soften the Brexit deal they sought with the European Union, leading to accusations of ‘selling out’ among Brexiteers.
Tory MP Peter Bone said that Davis had “done the right thing” and described his decision as ‘principled’ and ‘brave’.
David Davis has done the right thing, a principled and brave decision. The PMs proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable.
— Peter Bone MP (@PeterBoneUK) July 8, 2018
Initial reaction to the news has also been positive among Brexiteers:
David Davis has resigned as Brexit Secretary. Rees-Mogg says he will vote no to the deal. We now have a rebellion to save #Brexit.
— Andre Walker (@andrejpwalker) July 8, 2018
Nothing but respect for David Davis. He believes in Brexit and isn't prepared to sell us down the river to Brussels. Hope other Cabinet ministers will follow his principled decision.
— Jack Powell (@jackpowell82) July 8, 2018
UPDATES TO FOLLOW BELOW:
DexEU Junior Ministers Steve Baker and Suella Braverman also tender their resignations.
Here is David Davis’ resignation letter: