David Davis, British Brexit Secretary, resigns: United Kingdom media reports

Britain's Secretary of State for Departing the EU David Davis arrives in Downing Street in London

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis, who is responsible for negotiating the UK's departure from the European Union, resigned on Sunday.

He was joined by one other minister in his department, Steve Baker, and there are many reports that Suella Braverman has also quit.

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC's political editor, tweeted that a former cabinet colleague of Mr Davis had said "it's a personal outburst. he's always struggled to muscle into any of the complicated arguments. he is a puff of smoke who will blow away like a dandelion".

Davis - who has been leading Britain's negotiations to leave the bloc - said he was not willing to be a "reluctant conscript" to May's plan, which we argued would leave Parliament with "at best a weak negotiating position".

The "common rulebook" plan "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense", he wrote to Mrs May.

At the meeting, May pressed Davis and other government officials to back her plan for maintaining close trade ties with the EU, Reuters reported.

Davis and Baker, both longstanding euroskeptics, decided they couldn't support the policy, a person familiar with the matter said.

May was expected to tell MPs that the strategy agreed on at Chequers is the "right Brexit" for Britain.

Davis's late-night resignation undermined May's already fragile government.

The pound fluctuated on the news of Davis's departure.

Some Brexit-supporting legislators are angry at the proposals, saying they will keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.

In her reply to Davis, May insisted her plan would deliver on the referendum result and the party program from last year's general election.

The double resignation on Sunday has the potential to derail May's government and set in motion a chain of events that could lead to an attempt to oust her as prime minister.

He said that delivering on the Conservative election commitment of leaving the customs union and single market was looking "less and less likely", that there had been a "progressive dilution" of a previous cabinet agreement that the United Kingdom could diverge from the EU, and that his advice on strict conditions being attached to the recent Northern Ireland backstop proposal was snubbed.

On Monday, May is due to brief MPs on the plan hammered out during a 12-hour meeting at Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat. In the two decades since, he has become an established figure within the party, challenging David Cameron to a 2005 leadership contest which the younger man went on to win. Although UK politics is volatile, the pro-Brexit camp in Parliament would likely struggle to get the numbers together to win if May chose to stay and fight.

The Brexit Secretary was understood to have serious reservations about both the plan and whether it could be acceptable to Brussels following the Chequers summit, but was absent from the television studios in the aftermath of the talks. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Sunday that it did not contain everything he wanted but "I'm a realist".

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen told the Press Association: "I can't support the offer which emerged at Chequers - I think it's a breach of the red lines, in fact the offer is so poor that I couldn't support it even if the European Union were paying us for it".

"This chaos is good for no one". One of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leader of the party's "hard Brexit" faction, compared May's plan to an egg so softly boiled that it "isn't boiled at all".

"If the proposals are as they now appear, I will vote against them and others may well do the same", he said in an article for Monday's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

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