Former Brexit Secretary David Davis reveals his 2018 resignation was a ‘cold-blooded’ decision to force Theresa May as prime minister
- David Davis said his decision to leave Theresa May’s government was “strategic.”
- The former Conservative party chairman said he took the step to oust Theresa May when she stopped listening to him across Europe
- He resigned after May’s Checkers Deal, which allegedly bound the UK to EU rules on manufactured goods, food and agricultural products
- He said he hoped his resignation would result in May being replaced by a leader pushing for a tougher Brexit
David Davis has revealed that his decision to quit was a ‘cold-blooded’ attempt to give the UK a pure separation from the European Union – ousting Theresa May as Prime Minister
The former Brexit secretary, 72, said his July 2018 resignation was a “ strategic ” move that he hoped would lead to the replacement of Ms. May with a leader who would push through a tougher Brexit.
The former Conservative Party chairman confused Ms May’s government when he called it quits over her Checkers Deal, which would have bound the UK to EU rules on manufactured goods, food and agricultural products in exchange for staying in the internal market.
But he described his resignation as a ‘necessary’ step to ensure that the UK had a tougher Brexit under a new prime minister, which would be ‘a breaking point in history’.
David Davis (right) said he resigned from Theresa May’s government (left) to force her out
In a new White Swan podcast in Hanover Communications, which discusses how business leaders can cope with a crisis, he shared how he deliberately plunged Ms. May’s government into crisis after she sidelined him by drawing up her own soft Brexit plan .
Davis, a former Tory leadership candidate who spent two years as Secretary of State for leaving the EU, accused Ms May of giving in to the EU’s demands for regulation in Northern Ireland to be the same as EU rules in the EU. Republic of Ireland.
He said: ‘The strategy was dictated by number 10 and my advice was simply not taken up as of December 2017, when Theresa May gave in to the demand that Northern Ireland remain aligned with Southern Ireland.
The European Union and the Republic of Ireland have jointly insisted that regulatory standards in the North should be the same as in the South, which in turn poses a problem between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
She admitted that, without actually telling me, and then she told me. At that point I thought, “This is going terribly wrong,” and the hardest time … was between that December and the following July. ‘
Davis recalled trying to change strategy by getting Ms. May to allow him to write a white paper outlining how he could create a proper Brexit.
But he added that she then secretly drafted her Checkers plan, forbidding him to have any say in it
Davis said, ‘I said give me a written version and I’ll go out and rewrite it to see if I’ll make it work.
Davis said he hoped his resignation would force Theresa May (pictured as he left Downing Street with husband Philip in 2019) and replace her with a Brexiteer leader.
Usually she did. To be fair to her in the two years we worked together, nine times out of ten, she did, but not this time.
So on Wednesday, when she said she wouldn’t move, I knew at that point that I had to do something else.
‘I thought it was impossible to stay in government (that) I could change this, but I knew leaving it would change it.
Unfortunately, I thought it was 80 to 90 percent likely that if I left, she would be gone a year later, and someone else would come over and do it right, and I would say something about who the other was.
So that was a strategic move. The resignation was a strategic move to effect a strategy change that we have received today.
If nothing else, the fact that Brexit happened and went correctly, for example, didn’t keep us inside the drug agency, means there are hundreds if not thousands of people alive today because they were vaccinated who otherwise wouldn’t be been. ‘
He added: “It was very cold-blooded. It took me a long time. I could always look ahead a few weeks on this exercise, and by the time I arrived in July, I could look ahead a year.
“It’s a really good demonstration of how to sometimes make a strategic breakpoint in a tactical, never-ending loop.”