David Davis has been urged by key Brexiter allies not to resign as cabinet tensions over customs plans threaten to reach boiling point. The Brexit secretary is facing a showdown with Theresa May over a backstop plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland as the inner cabinet meets at Downing Street to thrash out the final details. Davis is understood to be deeply unhappy about the lack of a firm end date in the agreed text, and rumours are swirling around Westminster that he could quit. However, one key ally, the former Brexit minister David Jones, urged Davis to stay in place, saying he was one of the UK’s biggest assets at the negotiating table with the EU. “To contemplate these negotiations continuing without David Davis would be deeply upsetting and deeply dangerous for the country and David Davis needs to stay where he is,” Jones said. Davis is also understood to be frustrated with the slow pace of decision-making on Brexit, the delay to his Brexit white paper until next month and the government’s failure to decide on customs arrangements. On Wednesday he did not rule out resigning if the government’s proposals did not have his explicit… Read full this story
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