Daily Brexit Update: Monday 9th July 2018
UPDATE: Dominic Raab has replaced David Davis as the Brexit Secretary.
UPDATE: Suella Braverman has not resigned her ministerial position.
In trying to save the party from its own Brexit split with the the party, the Tories have ended up with the almost impossible task of trying to protect the party from serious implosion. With Theresa may's leadership now in severe doubt, we might be measuring her future tenure in days.
The problem has been the same one that would confront any government with a heavy representation of Remainers on its books – that of every corner you turn to try and get round it, you come up against the huge monolith of 17.4 million voters. And in the end to survive you are going to have to run with what they have instructed.
And the collapse started with the confirmed report that the Brexit Secretary, David Davis has resigned because he now feels that he would not be able to deliver under the Chequers plan.
David Davis has been replaced by the housing minister, Dominic Raab.
Here's what Nigel Farage the former UKIP leader Tweeted:
Well done @DavidDavisMP.
May's response shows that she is controlled by the civil service.
For Brexit to succeed we must get rid of this awful, duplicitous PM. https://t.co/Mmq4jboCpi
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 9, 2018
But it seems the Eurocrats are having a right old laugh about this as Nick Gutteridge indicates in his Tweet:
EU diplomat jokes DD delayed his resignation because he didn't want to take a taxi back from Chequers. Then brutally adds: 'We're already used to negotiating with Olly Robbins, so this resignation doesn't really affect the negotiations.' Ouch 🔥
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) July 9, 2018
It is believed that the PM sill be announcing a replacement for David Davis today with pundits putting the now damaged goods of Michael Gove front and centre.
Now Reuters reports that another minister in the Brexit department, Steve Baker, has resigned. With another, Suella Braverman, also rumoured to have done so. It is now understood that the initial report was wrong, and Suella Braverman has not resigned her ministerial post.
But Jacob Rees-Mogg is a bit more 'measured' in his criticism of the PM's plan, I wish he would just come right off the fence:
No deal is better than a bad deal and Chequers looks pretty poor. https://t.co/I5aQK2HP0t
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) July 9, 2018
But there is this:
How long will the PM last? Rees Mogg: "Who knows when she will decide she has had enough of this?"
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) July 9, 2018
Rumours also abound that the Number Ten chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, has called in Labour and Lib Dem party reps to brief them on the Brexit proposals.
And here's what someone put out under the moniker 'Priti Patel 4 PM', said on Twitter:
Theresa May sold the Country out to Merkel behind closed doors.
Now she's trying to do the same with Labour.
— Priti Patel 4 PM (@pritipatel4pm) July 9, 2018
This is just the start and you have to wonder how many letters of no confidence are now lodged in the safe of the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee.