Former Brexit Secretary David Davis reveals that his resignation in 2018 was a “cold-blooded” decision to force Theresa May as Prime Minister
- David Davis said his decision to leave Theresa May’s administration was “strategic”.
- The former Conservative party leader said he took the step to oust Theresa May when she stopped listening to him about Europe
- He resigned because of the Checkers Deal in May, which would have bound the UK to EU rules on industrial goods, food and agricultural products
- He hoped his resignation would result in May being replaced with a leader who would push for a tougher Brexit
David Davis has revealed that his decision to quit was a “cold-blooded” attempt to give Britain a clean break from the European Union – by ousting Theresa May as Prime Minister
Former Brexit secretary, 72, said his July 2018 resignation was a “strategic” move that he hoped would result in Ms. May being replaced with an executive who would enforce a tougher Brexit.
The former Conservative Party leader threw Ms. May’s administration into turmoil when he canceled her Checkers Deal, which would have tied the UK to EU rules on manufactured, food and agricultural products in exchange for remaining in the single market.
But he described his resignation as a “necessary” step to ensure the UK had a tougher Brexit under a new Prime Minister who would be “a breaking point in history”.
David Davis (right) said he resigned from Theresa May (left) government to coerce her
In a new White Swan podcast from Hanover Communications that discusses how business leaders can deal with a crisis, he shared how he deliberately plunged Ms. May’s government into crisis after they gave way by devising their own Had disrupted the Brexit plan.
Davis, a former Tory leadership candidate who served two years as Foreign Secretary for the EU’s exit, accused Ms. May of indulging in EU demands for rules in Northern Ireland to be in line with EU rules in the Republic of Ireland.
He said: ‘The strategy was dictated by number 10 and my advice just wasn’t followed from December 2017 when Theresa May gave in to demand that Northern Ireland should stay in line with Southern Ireland.
‘The European Union and the Irish Republic together insisted that regulatory standards in the north should be the same as in the south, which then creates a problem between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
She gave in to this without actually telling me, and then told me afterwards. At that point, I thought, “This is going to go 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 his path to creating a proper Brexit.
But he added that she then secretly created her Checkers Plan and forbade him to contribute in any way
Davis said, “I said, give me a written version and I’ll go away and rewrite it to see if I can get it to work.”
Davis said he hoped his resignation would oust Theresa May (who would leave Downing Street with husband Philip in 2019) and replace her with a Brexiteer leader
“Most of the time, she did. To be fair to her in the two years we’ve worked together, nine out of ten, she did, but not this time.
When she said on Wednesday that she would not move, I knew by that point that I had to do something else.
“I thought there was no way to stay inside the government that I could change that, but I’m new that the act of leaving would change that.
“Unfortunately, I thought it was 80 to 90 percent likely that if I left a year later she would be gone, and then someone else would come along to make it right, and I would have a say in who that other person was.
‘So that was a strategic move. The resignation was a strategic move to drive a change in strategy that we have today.
“Unless otherwise happens, the fact that Brexit took place properly and didn’t keep us in drug authority means that hundreds, if not thousands, of people are alive today because they have been vaccinated who otherwise would not have been.”
He added, “It was very cold blood. I’ve been thinking for a long time. I could always see a few weeks ahead of me in this exercise, and by the time I was in July I could see a year ahead of me.
“It’s a very good demonstration of how sometimes you have to set a strategic breakpoint in a tactical infinite loop.”