Former Brexit Minister David Jones backs Davis

The rumour mill is working overtime: Is David Davis about to resign at any moment? What would that mean for Theresa May? What would it mean for Brexit?

Well, it looks like Davis seriously is thinking about quitting, and it looks like that could spell curtains for Theresa May.

Prominent Tory MP David Jones was on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme bemoaning the government’s backstop solution to the Irish border and, reading between the lines, he seemed to hint that David Davis would be a bigger loss to the whole Brexit process than Theresa May.

He said the government’s Irish border backstop would tie the UK into the EU’s customs arrangement for an indefinite period and it would prevent the UK from establishing its own independent trade policies.

He said: “I think if that’s what is proposed it’s going to cause an awful lot of problems within the parliamentary party.

“By the end of 2020 we should be in a position to leave immediately. It should be as short a time period as possible. I don’t think David Davis should resign, he knows every facet of negotiations, he would be a huge loss to the government.

“I think we need to make sure David Davis stays at the negotiating table and anything that caused him to leave would be deeply regrettable and damaging to the country. What is essential is that if we are putting forward an arrangement to the EU it should be for as shorter period of possible and strictly time limited.

“I would be deeply upset if David Davis was no longer the Brexit Secretary.”

If Davis goes, May’s in serious trouble. The Cabinet would be in bits, so would her party. It could spark a leadership contest. Watch this space.

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