UK Brexit ministers Davis and Baker quit in major blow to May

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The Press Association news agency, the BBC and others said Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned Sunday.

Mr Davis shocked the Prime Minister by telling her he could not support the Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, prompting speculation that a wave of Cabinet resignations could follow. May's office confirmed that Davis had resigned but had no comment yet on the reasons.

Mr Dodds, who was a director of Vote Leave, the official pro-Brexit campaign, said it was now clear that all of the United Kingdom would leave the United Kingdom together, adding: "Republicans may be disappointed as they tried their best to seize this as an opportunity to weaken the Union".

Junior minister Steve Baker quit shortly after Mr Davis - as Mrs May prepares to face MPs and peers later.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leader of the party's "hard Brexit" faction, compared May's plan to an egg so softly boiled that it "isn't boiled at all". The deal gives the parliament the final say on whether to follow European Union rules in the future.

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The move threatens to plunge prime minister Theresa May's administration into chaos and has shattered the fragile peace that had been established after a meeting at Chequers on Friday had appeared to establish unity in the ruling Conservative party over the direction that the government would take on Brexit.

On Friday she achieved a rare consensus in a key cabinet meeting at her Chequers country house estate on the way forward for the negotiations with the EU.

In a resignation letter devastating for the PM's standing with Leavers, he said "the current trend of policy and tactics" made it "less and less likely" she would deliver "on the mandate of the referendum and on our manifesto commitment to leave the customs union and the single market".

He said that felt he had to resign as he had no desire to be a "reluctant conscript" in the selling the PM's deal in negotiations with the EU.

"Obviously if the Government and the Prime Minister continue to support that very poor offer then I won't have any confidence in the Government or the Prime Minister".

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David had become unnerved by the Brexit plan agreed by Theresa May's cabinet during the week.

There has been substantial disquiet among Brexiteers about the Chequers agreement proposals - shown to Germany's Angela Merkel before her own Cabinet, according to some reports - which would leave Britain effectively still inside the EU's Single Market for goods and agricultural products but outside the Single Market for services - such as it is - and subject to a "common rulebook" dictated by the European Union court, as well as bound to European Union standards on state aid, employment, and other regulations and forced to collect customs duties on the bloc's behalf, among other onerous obligations.

Trade Secretary Liam Fox put his name to a newspaper article backing the plan, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove defended the agreement in a TV interview.

Asked if the prime minister could survive. That was meant to kick-start talks that have been stalled for months.

Some Brexiteers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.

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