BOMBSHELL: Davis To Quit?
Internal tensions within the government over the issue of the customs union appeared to be bubbling to the surface last night that the Brexit Secretary is ready to sensationally quit if Mrs May gives ground.
The report, carried in the Daily Express, quotes “friends” of Mr Davis as saying he is “frustrated” with the government position. It comes ahead of a crunch Cabinet meeting on Wednesday when proposals for a post-Brexit customs ‘partnership’ will be discussed.
The sources are quoted as saying that Mr Davis’s final decision “is very much dependent on what happens at that meeting. It is pretty crucial.”
The report continues:
According to friends of the Brexit Secretary, he feels that he has been “cut out of the loop” since late last year and replaced by senior civil servant Olly Robbins, who is based in Downing Street.
Mr Robbins has been described as “an arch Remainer” and recently a delegation to Downing Street led by Jacob Rees Mogg demanded his sacking.
A senior Tory MP who is close to Mr Davis told the Express: “David has told me he is on the brink of resigning. He is completely fed up. Policy is being completely directed by Olly Robbins who does not support Brexit and has pushed this ridiculous customs partnership proposal.
Crunch time is fast approaching as this report is best seen as a piece of deliberate positioning by Mr Davis.