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Johnson resigns leaving government in turmoil over Brexit

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday, July 9, over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans of Article 50 Brexit arrangements, the second resignation in a day leaving the British leader Brexit proposal in a profound crisis.

“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” May’s spokesman said in a statement. “His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work.”

On the 9 July 2018, following the resignation of David Davis Dominic Raab was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting of the European Union.

Davis-May correspondence on Brexit

The UK media published two letters, the exchange of opinions over Brexit strategy of the resigned top negotiator David Davis and the response of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The text of the letter David Davis sent the Prime Minister, tendering his resignation as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union below:

Dear Prime Minister,

As you know there have been a significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line, ranging from accepting the Commission’s sequencing of negotiations through to the language on Northern Ireland in the December Joint Report. At each stage I have accepted collective responsibility because it is part of my task to find workable compromises, and because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.

I am afraid that I think the current trend of policy and tactics is making that look less and less likely. Whether it is the progressive dilution of what I thought was a firm Chequers agreement In February on right to diverge, or the unnecessary delays of the start of the White Paper, or the presentation of a backstop proposal that omitted the strict conditions that I requested and believed that we had agreed, the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.

The Cabinet decision on Friday crystallised this problem. In my view the inevitable consequence of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real.

As I said at Cabinet, the “common rule book” policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.

I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions.

Of course this is a complex area of judgement and it is possible that you are right and I am wrong. However, even in that event it seems to me that the national interest requires a Secretary of State in my Department that is an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript. While I have been grateful to you for the opportunity to serve, it is with great regret that I tender my resignation from the Cabinet with immediate effect.

Yours ever
David Davis __________________________________ signature

 The full text of Theresa May’s reply to David Davis below:

Dear David,

Thank you for your letter explaining your decision to resign as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

I am sorry that you have chosen to leave the Government when we have already made so much progress towards delivering a smooth and successful Brexit, and when we are only eight months from the date set in law when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

At Chequers on Friday, we as the Cabinet agreed a comprehensive and detailed proposal which provides a precise, responsible, and credible basis for progressing our negotiations towards a new relationship between the UK and the EU after we leave in March. We set out how we will deliver on the result of the referendum and the commitments we made in our manifesto for the 2017 general election:

1. Leaving the EU on 29 March 2019.
2. Ending free movement and taking back control of our borders.
3. No more sending vast sums of money each year to the EU.
4. A new business-friendly customs model with freedom to strike new trade deals around the world.
5. A UK-EU free trade area with a common rulebook for industrial goods and agricultural products which will be good for jobs.
6. A commitment to maintain high standards on consumer and employment rights and the environment.
7. A Parliamentary lock on all new rules and regulations.
8. Leaving the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.
9. Restoring the supremacy of British courts by ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.
10. No hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
11. Continued, close co-operation on security to keep our people safe.
12. An independent foreign and defence policy, working closely with the EU and other allies.

This is consistent with the mandate of the referendum and with the commitments we laid out in our general election manifesto: leaving the single market and the customs union but seeking a deep and special partnership including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement; ending the vast annual contributions to the EU; and pursuing fair, orderly negotiations, minimising disruption and giving as much certainty as possible so both sides benefit.

As we said in our manifesto, we believe it is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside our withdrawal, reaching agreement on both within the two years allowed by Article 50.

I have always agreed with you that these two must go alongside one another, but if we are to get sufficient detail about our future partnership, we need to act now. We have made a significant move: it is for the EU now to respond in the same spirit.

I do not agree with your characterisation of the policy we agreed at Cabinet on Friday.

Parliament will decide whether or not to back the deal the Government negotiates, but that deal will undoubtedly mean the returning of powers from Brussels to the United Kingdom.

The direct effect of EU law will end when we leave the EU. Where the UK chooses to apply a common rulebook, each rule will have to be agreed by Parliament.

Choosing not to sign up to certain rules would lead to consequences for market access, security co-operation or the frictionless border, but that decision will rest with our sovereign Parliament, which will have a lock on whether to incorporate those rules into the UK legal order.

I am sorry that the Government will not have the benefit of your continued expertise and counsel as we secure this deal and complete the process of leaving the EU, but I would like to thank you warmly for everything you have done over the past two years as Secretary of State to shape our departure from the EU, and the new role the UK will forge on the world stage as an independent, self-governing nation once again.

You returned to Government after nineteen years to lead an entirely new Department responsible for a vital, complex, and unprecedented task.

You have helped to steer through Parliament some of the most important legislation for generations, including the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent last week.

These landmark Acts, and what they will do, stand as testament to your work and our commitment to honouring the result of the referendum.

Yours sincerely,

Theresa May__________________________ singanture

UK top Brexit negotiator David Davis resigns

News about resignation of the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis started to circulate in Twitter microblogs on Sunday evening, July 8. Sarah O’Grady, the wife of David Davis’ chief of staff Stewart Jackson, confirmed Davis has quit in two tweets: “BREAKING: DD resigns”, “DD decided he couldn’t sellout his own country #reisgnation”.

The move came on the 15th months of the 18 month negotiation with the EU27 bloc on the terms of separation, and a new framework agreement for post-Brexit. Taking into consideration the late time of news release, no further detail was available. Continuation follows.

AMENDED: Monday, 9 July

Davis told the BBC that he was no longer the best person to deliver the PM’s Brexit plan – agreed by the cabinet on Friday – as he did not “believe” in it.

He said the “career-ending” decision was a personal one but he felt the UK was “giving away too much and too easily” to the EU in the negotiations.

Prime Minister May said she did not agree but thanked him for his work.

The resignation is a blow to May and her government while she seeks to win over Eurosceptic MPs to her proposed Brexit vision.


Northern Ireland to receive special status for EU trade

The United Kingdom will attempt to break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations with a proposal to grant Northern Ireland joint UK and European Union status so that it can trade freely with both, The Sun newspaper reported.

Brexit Secretary David Davis  has put forward a proposal of a 10-mile (16-km)-wide trade buffer zone along the border that would be in effect for local traders like dairy farmers after the UK leaves the bloc, the newspaper said.

The special economic zone will mean traders, who constitute the overwhelming majority of cross-border traffic, can operate under the same rules as those south of the border, the report said, citing a senior government official.

UK expects transit deal

EU27 Brexit negotiators summoned ambassadors and journalists at short notice on Monday 19/03/2018 as the expectations arise among diplomats of an interim deal to grant Britain a transition.

The European Union and the UK reached an agreement in several issues the 27 bloc has required to grant London a status-quo transition after Brexit, said Danuta Hubner, a Member of European Parliament who deals with the matter, according to Reuters.

EU and British negotiators have agreed draft Brexit treaty texts dealing with a transition period and some other issues and have a broad agreement on Irish border, however a number of elements are outstanding, a senior EU diplomat said.

Transition deal negotiations fortnight ahead

The UK Brexit negotiators intend to launch fortnight rounds of talks in Brussels from  next week onwards targeting a transition period agreement deal, EU diplomats.

The EU top negotiator Michel Barnier, and his team will receive Davis Davis and the UK delegation once the EU ministers formally endorse Barnier’s binding guidelines at a meeting in Brussels on January 29.


EU27 in a hurry to legalised ‘divorce’ with UK

EU27 leaders are questioning the results of the first stage of negotiations with the UK, so called ‘divorce’ agreement, and ‘allowance’, the European civil servants assessed as reaching ‘sufficient’ progress after UK representative David Davis said the conclusion was a ‘statement of intent’ from British side. Further the UK Parliament voted for an amendment gaining the control over the process of Brexit talks.  Some see it as a victory of democracy, the others as a weakening position of PM Theresa May vis-à-vis EU27 in negotiations. The European Parliament representative for Brexit talks Guy Verhofstadt calls for legalising the ‘divorce’ commitments before entering the second stage of talks on future relations.



UK prepared for "no deal"

UK wants to reach agreement over the terms of its departure from the European Union but is prepared for a “no deal” scenario, Brexit minister David Davis said.

“We don’t want a ‘no deal,’ but if one comes, we’ll be ready for it,” Davis told broadcasters.

The UK government has been careful to admint that it is not seeking a ‘no deal’ outcome, but that it has to be prepared for all eventualities.

The Prime Minister has tried to move away from an emphasis on her initial message that “no deal is better than a bad deal” – but when pushed hard to make a lot of concessions to the EU27 Theresa May continues to defend that concept.

There is a combination here of prudent planning behind the scenes, and public statements which aim to have an impact on the negotiations – trying to hurry things up by warning of possible alternatives.

Davis requests UK Liberal MEP reprimand

The ALDE Group in the European Parliament has expressed its deep concern at the emergence of a letter from the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, to the leader of the UK Liberal Democrats Vince Cable.

The letter requested that the leader of the Liberal Democrats “take action against the MEP from your party” for voting against the “best interests of the UK and the EU” and for “frustrating Brexit”, following ALDE MEP Catherine Bearder’s decision to vote in favour of the European Parliament’s Brexit resolution, adopted on the 3rd October.  

“At first I thought this letter was a hoax. After discussing this extraordinary letter in a meeting of our Parliamentary group of MEPs, we have agreed that I will raise my concerns officially with the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, when we next meet“ – said Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group and the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator.

“It is deeply troubling that a Government minister would use his office to infer that a democratically elected politician was acting in a traitorous or unpatriotic manner, by voting in favour of a parliamentary resolution that seeks to provide certainty for both EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU, whose existing rights are under threat. This strikes me as profoundly un-British, coming from a senior minister of a country that has one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in the world.”

The MEP, causing Davis frowning brows, Catherine Bearder also commented on the issue with irony, noticed that the Conservative party have resorted to instructing democratically elected opposition politicians how to vote.

“David Davis should focus on securing the cohesion of his own bitterly divided party and doing his job of representing the Conservative government.  My job is to represent the people who elected me, and not be intimidated or bullied. I will continue to do that along with my Liberal colleagues from across the EU” – Bearder said.

Apparently, polemics between Davis and Catherine Bearder has been going for some time:

UK committed to European security

The UK will offer to contribute military assets to EU operations, cooperate on sanctions and agree joint positions on foreign policy as part of a deep security partnership with the EU after Brexit, the Government will say today Tuesday 12 September.

In a renewed demonstration of the UK’s commitment to European security, the latest future partnership paper signals the Government’s willingness to partner with the EU in the face of ever-growing global threats.
It makes clear the UK will seek to use our assets, capabilities and influence to combat the shared challenges facing the continent —- including illegal migration, terrorism, cyber and state-based threats and amounts to a security partnership ‘that is deeper than any other third country and that reflects our shared interest’.
There is a significant amount of collaboration between the UK and EU on defence, security and development.

The paper lays out how Britain will want to build a new partnership with the EU that goes beyond existing third country arrangements, and reflects our shared interests and values of upholding democracy and protecting peace across Europe and the world.

“After we leave the European Union we will continue to face shared threats to our security, our shared values and our way of life. It’s in our mutual interest to work closely with the EU and its member states to challenge terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, cyber-crime, and conventional state-based military aggression.” – secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said.  “Today’s paper highlights Britain’s world class diplomacy and defence capabilities, our leading contribution to international development, and our desire to continue to use these as part of a deep and special partnership with the EU.”
“As we leave the EU, the UK’s commitment to European security is undiminished. We will pursue a global foreign policy, and continue to work in partnership with our neighbours to promote peace, democracy and security in our continent and across the world, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. “In recent years, the European Union has helped achieve crucial foreign policy goals – from bringing Iran to the negotiating table, to uniting in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  We want this EU role to continue after we leave” – Johnson added. “This is why, in addition to stronger relations with EU member states, we also envisage a strong UK-EU partnership on foreign and defence policy following our departure. This will allow us to continue our work in tackling the shared challenges we face worldwide.”

“At a time of increased threats and international instability the UK remains unwavering in its commitment to uphold European security. With the largest defence budget in Europe, the largest Navy British troops and planes deployed across land, air and sea in Europe, our role in the continent’s defence has never been more vital” – Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said . “As we leave the EU, the UK and our European allies will ensure a close partnership that meets these shared challenges head-on.”

The paper highlights the UK’s successful military cooperation with the EU on tackling piracy off the Horn of Africa, to joint defence projects with the EU — including the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The UK has the largest defence budget and development budget in Europe, and is the only European country that meets both the NATO target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence, with 20 per cent of this on equipment, and the UN target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on international development.

The UK has also committed to invest at least 50 per cent of development spend in fragile states and regions. The UK and France are the two European permanent members of the UN Security Council and the only European countries with an independent nuclear deterrent, while UK proscriptions and asset freezes are the basis of many of the EU sanctions on terrorist organisations.

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