The Yorkshire Post says: Brexit divisions. The irony as MP Philip Davies tells Theresa May to quit

ONE in, one out. The decision of Shipley MP Philip Davies to submit a letter of no confidence in Theresa May, citing a breakdown of trust over Brexit, comes 24 hours after Simon Clarke '“ the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland '“ withdrew his call for a leadership election.

Shipley MP Philip Davies.
Shipley MP Philip Davies.

Evidence that Brexiteers are divided on tactics, and their approach, the move by Mr Davies is unsurprising after his majority was cut at the last election. Yet, given that he has previously stated that he will never accept a Ministerial or front bench role, it’s ironic that he should go public with his call for Mrs May to quit when the Prime Minister and Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary, are getting on with the job and could do with some support from their so-called colleagues.

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As Mr Raab, a lawyer by trade, made his first trip to Brussels for face-to-face talks with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, it already appears that he will be more hands on than his more aloof predecessor David Davis whose resignation precipitated this continuing crisis.

Meanwhile Mrs May is on a belated two-day trip to the Irish border to listen to the views of businesses, and residents, whose livelihoods depend on the outcome of any agreement that the Government reaches with the EU over customs – the subject of the divisive votes in the House of Commons earlier this week.

However the PM shouldn’t have waited until now to carry out such a fact-finding visit. If Mrs May, the now departed Mr Davis and others had done so much earlier in this process, their Brexit strategy might have been better informed from the start and some of political angst avoided.