Dominic Raab Replaces David Davis as Brexit Secretary

David Davis

(From AP News)

Britain’s prime minister on Monday appointed Dominic Raab, a staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker, to replace David Davis as the most senior official in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Davis quit late Sunday, saying he could not support May’s plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, commonly known as a “soft Brexit,” after the departure takes place next year. The junior Brexit minister Steve Baker also resigned, Downing Street confirmed Monday.

The resignations dealt yet another blow to the beleaguered leader, just two days after she announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Davis said Monday that he believed Britain was “giving too much away, too easily” in the exit talks, saying that May’s plan “would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome.”

Davis departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU.

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