South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck slams Tory ‘shambles’ as Davis and Johnson resign over Brexit strategy

Emma Lewell-Buck
Emma Lewell-Buck

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has labelled Theresa May’s government a “shambles” after two key members of cabinmet resigned over Britain’s Brexit deal.

Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned late on Sunday night and was followed yesterday by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

David Davis plunged Theresa May into a fresh leadership crisis after resigning as Brexit secretary.

David Davis plunged Theresa May into a fresh leadership crisis after resigning as Brexit secretary.

Davis’ dramatic resignation rocked May’s premiership after he warned the UK was giving “too much away, too easily” in the Brexit talks.

He said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, and warned it was a “dangerous strategy”.

He was swiftly followed out of the Department for Exiting the EU by ally his deputy Steve Baker.

Mrs Lewell-Buck has hit out at the government.

This Tory government is in a complete shambles over Brexit

Emma Lewell-Buck

She said: “Key players have and are behaving like spoilt self-interested children at a time when our country is crying out for some real leadership and decisive plans for Brexit.

“The resignation of David Davis laid bare what we all know – this Tory government is in a complete shambles over Brexit.

“It is a sad indictment of how weak Theresa May is that someone as unfit for office as Boris Johnson, was never sacked but resigned.

“It is typical that he timed the resignation just before the PMs Statement to the House to cause maximum disruption and ensure the spotlight is firmly on him.”

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

She added: “They lack direction at a crucial time in negotiations.

“There is no sign of leadership from May and it’s not just her own party that is losing patience with her approach to Brexit, but the British public too.”

Davis said a leadership challenge would be the “wrong thing to do” and insisted he believed May was a “good prime minister”.

Asked if she could survive, he replied: “Oh yes, of course.”

Davis told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “When we debated this at cabinet on Friday my opening remark to Theresa was ‘Prime Minister, as you know I’m going to be the odd man out in this’.

“She knew this because I had written to her earlier in the week.”

He admitted he had “lost the argument in cabinet”, adding: “In my view, this policy has got a number of weaknesses.

“I would be front and centre in delivering this policy, explaining it to the house, persuading the house it is right, and then going out and delivering it with the EU.

“Frankly, just as it was known what the policy was, it was also known I had concerns about it.

“It would not have been a plausible thing to do and I wouldn’t have done a good job at it.”