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Brexit Secretary David Davis quits

David Davis has resigned as Brexit Secretary, complaining that the government’s agreed policy makes it look “less and less likely” that the UK will leave the customs union and the single market. Theresa May faces MPs later, as she outlines the plan discussed by the cabinet, with critics complaining that it will lead to a “soft” Brexit.

Mr Davis – who was followed in his resignation by junior minister Steve Baker – said the UK could be left in “at best a weak negotiating position”. But the prime minister said she didn’t agree and thanked Mr Davis “warmly” for his work.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says another key Leave campaigner, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, is favourite to take on the Brexit brief, which includes leading negotiations with Brussels.

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