Welwyn Hatfield MP and MEPs react to Brexit resignations

PUBLISHED: 15:59 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 09 July 2018

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Welwyn Hatfield's MP and MEPs have reacted to three shock Westminster resignations.

Late on Sunday July 9, Secretary of State for exiting the European Union David Davis and Brexit minister Steve Baker resigned, citing disagreements with the summit PM Theresa May convened at Chequers the day before.

Their departure was swiftly followed by foreign secretary Boris Johnson today.

MP Grant Shapps told the BBC today that he hoped there would not be a leadership contest after Johnson’s departure, which he said would take too long given the tight time frame for negotiating Brexit with the EU.

He said: “We physically do not have the time for that.

“People are perfectly replaceable and this will have to happen this time,” he added.

Mr Shapps collected signatures of no confidence in Theresa May in October last year, ostensibly to be shown to the PM in private, but vigorously denied that he was the ringleader of a coup.

Reacting to Mr Davis’ departure, Labour’s MEP for the East of England, Alex Mayer, said: “What a shambles.

“Hours after Theresa May’s Chequers peace summit, her Brexit strategy is once again left in tatters.

“This is her fifth cabinet resignation in nine months.

“But rats leaving a sinking ship is not enough, we need their captain to go, Theresa May’s time is up. She should resign.

“This chaos is good for no one. It’s making Britain a laughing stock.”

The Conservative MEP for the East of England, John Flack, told the WHT: “I believe David Davis and Steve Baker have acted honourably on a matter of principle.

“I share those principles and support what they have done.

“I hope it is still not too late for their stance to influence the Cabinet’s position.

“I would respectfully remind all Westminster colleagues they were elected on a manifesto that stated ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’.”

Updates to follow.

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