For one thing, Britain could be on the precipice of its third general election in just five years. After all, three of the Brexit department’s five ministers have resigned. Meanwhile, Raab is relatively inexperienced and was only drafted into May’s cabinet in January. He had been seen as a young rising star with leadership ambitions for the Tories and now he’s tasked with taking on the epic challenge of Brexit.
Another general election isn’t a left-field proposition. Current and former politicians have been floating the idea:
What’s certain is that the Chequers deal will not be accepted by the commons. This makes No Deal more likely, and a Meaningful Vote vital. At this point another General Election or a #PeoplesVote become very likely.
Theresa May has failed to unite her Cabinet, has no plan for Brexit, has no Brexit Secretary and cannot be taken seriously by the EU.
We need a General Election.Press Association
#Breaking Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the Government, the Press Association understands
As Jeremy says, Mrs May ‘incapable of delivering Brexit.’ So Brexit now dead since there is no possibility of Labour delivering it. The question is how Brexit is ended by the British people – a people’s vote the only viable course if there isn’t an immediate general electionJeremy Corbyn
David Davis resigning at such a crucial time shows @Theresa_May has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit.
With her Government in chaos, if she clings on, it’s clear she’s more interested in hanging on for her own sake than serving the people of our country.
And so after a mere 48 hours of respite, May is back to being held hostage by a rebellious faction of her own party—even if they don’t have the votes to actually see her off. That means that Britain is being led by a prime minister who lacks a parliamentary majority on the most fundamental issue to face the nation in decades.
The Chequers agreement—and the extent to which even ministers like Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson seemed to row in behind it—would also have solidified wider support within the party.
But the directness of Davis’s resignation letter, which told May that it looked “less and less likely” that the party could “deliver on the mandate of the referendum,” and that it would render the control by Britain’s parliament of its own affairs “illusory rather than real,” is a stunning blow.
Raab’s appointment is itself an indication of May’s predicament. He is staunchly in favor of Brexit and, in June, he robustly criticised the Northern Ireland backstop agreement, which saw the UK agree to keeping the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open indefinitely in the event it can’t come to an agreement with the bloc.
May, however, has got one thing going for her: Nobody else (paywall) has been able to concoct an alternative Brexit plan that seems in any way palatable to the EU. That’s mainly because the plans that the “hard” Brexiters favor would almost certainly result in the imposition of a border in Northern Ireland. Even the strategy agreed at Chequers bears more than a striking resemblance to the “a la carte” proposals that the bloc has consistently rejected.
The only way out of this incessant loop of squabbling may be to go to the polls. But one thing is for sure: Given Davis spent only four hours in talks with his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, in 2018, he won’t be missed at the negotiating table.