LONDON — David Davis, the minister in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, resigned unexpectedly Sunday night, according to someone familiar with the decision, likely heralding a further period of turmoil for the trouble-prone government of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The resignation by a prominent minister who campaigned for Britain to leave the EU follows a cabinet meeting on Friday in which a plan for Britain’s future relationship was finally hammered out, 25 months after a referendum vote to leave the EU.
The proposal, under which Britain would commit to following EU regulations for food and manufactured goods, has generated disquiet among some supporters of Brexit who want a more fundamental break from the bloc after Brexit.
The resignation increases the likelihood that May will face an attempt to unseat her from within her own Conservative Party, with the possibility that Davis will seek to stand as a candidate to replace her.
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