David Davis resignation: What happens next as Theresa May battles to retain control of her party

Mail Online | 7/9/2018 | Tim Stickings;Amanda Cashmore For Mailonline
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Brexit Secretary David Davis dramatically resigned late last night, sparking a Brexiteer rebellion over Theresa May's plan to make a soft exit from the EU - leaving the Prime Minister fighting for her political life.

Mr Davis quit the government telling the PM that her policies could leave the UK in a 'weak and inescapable' negotiating position, two days after ministers had finally agreed a plan for Britain's departure from the European Union.

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The Brexit rebellion throws negotiations into chaos and leaves Mrs May in a perilous position as she faces the House of Commons and then a potentially stormy meeting of Tory MPs on Monday.

Who is David Davis?

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The long-serving Conservative MP was among the new intake when Tony Blair's new Labour swept to power in 1997. In the two decades since, the former SAS reservist has become an established figure within the party, challenging David Cameron to a 2005 leadership contest which the younger man went on to win. He would become a key ally in Theresa May's embattled Cabinet.

Why was he important to Theresa May?

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The no-nonsense politician revelled in the description of being Britain's 'Brexit bulldog', charged with leading negotiations with his EU counterpart over the country's withdrawal from the bloc. He has been noted by former colleagues for his 'tough, resilient' approach. His role as Brexit Secretary was crucial to ensuring Britain leaves the EU next year with what Mrs May described as the 'best possible deal'.

So what does this mean for the PM?

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It's hard to imagine a more potentially crippling blow to her premiership. Following a long weekend which started with extended talks over the country's future relationship with the EU at Mrs May's Chequers country pad, an agreed strategy met...
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