British PM appoints Dominic Raab new Brexit minister

Cabinet including Davis at Chequers

But her spokesman signaled on Monday she would not back down over the "business friendly" agreement, saying May would now focus on moving the Brexit negotiations forward - a step European Union officials and businesses have long called for.

At a summit at Chequers in the English countryside on Friday, all 12 cabinet members agreed to a plan that would follow European Union rules on goods to ensure "frictionless" trade and allow European Union courts to have some oversight on certain subjects.

Brexit-backing lawmakers have been angered by May's plans, saying they will keep Britain too close to the European Union and limit its ability to strike new trade deals.

In a move that unnerved Conservative Party eurosceptics, Steve Baker, a minister who worked for Davis, also quit, saying in his letter to May: "I can not support this policy with the sincerity and resolve which will be necessary".

The Tory leader's hard-won proposal was agreed to at her Chequers country retreat after marathon talks on Friday.

May replied in a letter saying that her Brexit plan was in line with her commitment to leave the European single market and customs union.

Davis's late-night resignation undermined May's already fragile government, which has lost several ministers in the past year over sexual misconduct allegations and other scandals.

George Freeman, May's former policy chief, said on Twitter that a "no deal" Brexit "just got a lot more likely".

"May's Brexit means BRINO - "Brexit In Name Only" - a fake Brexit", said John Longworth, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave.

"It seems to me we are giving too much away, too easily, and that is a risky strategy at this time", he told BBC radio.

- Throughout his time in office Davis repeatedly expressed his loyalty to Theresa May and praised her work on Brexit.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she understands Mr Davis was "furious" after a meeting at No 10 earlier on Sunday and "concluded he could not stay in post".

He won the seat back but the move cost him his place in Cameron's top team.

Davis's departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. Michael Gove, May's environment minister, said on Sunday that while the agreed negotiating stance was not ideal, he believed it delivered on handing back control to Britain.

The resignations dealt yet another blow to the beleaguered leader, just two days after she announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Mrs May's Conservative Party only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote - and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position. The government is trying to convince lawmakers to back the agreed stance, inviting them, including those from the opposition Labour Party, for briefings on the plan.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said Mr Davis had "done the right thing", adding: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

He told Reuters. "If the Brexit Secretary could not support them (the Chequers conclusions) they cannot genuinely be delivering Brexit".

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