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Brexit minister quits saying UK was giving 'too much, too easily' Brexit minister quits saying UK was giving 'too much, too easily'
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   Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also resigned hours after Brexit chief David Davis made his announcement
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<em>This story is intended to stay up-to-date with developments in the Brexit negotiations and will be updated as news develops. Look through the history for in-depth coverage of developments. </em> <em>This story is intended to stay up-to-date with developments in the Brexit negotiations and will be updated as news develops. Look through the history for in-depth coverage of developments. </em>
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<h2>Update</h2> <h2>Update</h2>
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<li>The politician nominally responsible for Brexit negotiations with the European Union, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Davis_(British_politician)">David Davis</a>, resigned his post on July 8. He has been replaced by Dominic Raab, the housing minister. Raab campaigned strongly for Brexit before the June 2016 referendum, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44763998">the BBC says</a>.</li>  <li>The politician nominally responsible for Brexit negotiations with the European Union, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Davis_(British_politician)">David Davis</a>, resigned his post on July 8. He has been replaced by Dominic Raab, the housing minister. Raab campaigned strongly for Brexit before the June 2016 referendum, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44763998">the BBC says</a>.</li>
<li>Davis was quoted as saying that the United Kingdom was <a href="https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0709/977328-davis-resignation/">"giving away too much, too easily"</a> in negotiations with the EU over its departure from the community (RTE). His resignation followed a meeting of the British cabinet on Friday July 6, after which <a href="https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1015325500649230338">the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said</a> there was a united front on the decision for a "soft Brexit" — that is, concessions that some matters, such as Northern Ireland's border with the Irish Republic, would not see huge change.</li>  <li>Davis was quoted as saying that the United Kingdom was <a href="https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0709/977328-davis-resignation/">"giving away too much, too easily"</a> in negotiations with the EU over its departure from the community (RTE). His resignation followed a meeting of the British cabinet on Friday July 6, after which <a href="https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1015325500649230338">the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said</a> there was a united front on the decision for a "soft Brexit" — that is, concessions that some matters, such as Northern Ireland's border with the Irish Republic, would not see huge change.</li>
<li>Davis's ministerial colleague, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, followed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/09/boris-johnson-resigns-as-foreign-secretary-brexit">suit with his resignation</a> on July 9. (<em>Guardian) </em>Johnson also urged a "Leave" vote in 2016, and was reported to have been highly critical of Mrs May's Brexit plan after the July 6 meeting.</li>  <li>Davis's ministerial colleague, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, followed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/09/boris-johnson-resigns-as-foreign-secretary-brexit">suit with his resignation</a> on July 9. (<em>Guardian) </em>Johnson also urged a "Leave" vote in 2016, and was reported to have been highly critical of Mrs May's Brexit plan after the July 6 meeting.</li>
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<h2>Earlier...</h2> <h2>Earlier...</h2>
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<li>Dominic Cummings, campaign director of the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, could be found guilty of contempt of parliament, after refusing to attend a formal summons on May 22 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/may/17/brexit-may-denies-u-turn-amid-reports-uk-could-effectively-stay-in-customs-union-after-transition-politics-live?page=with:block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a#block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be reporting this to the Commons, which the committee of privileges will then investigate. If it decides Cummings is guilty of a contempt MPs can pass a motion censuring him. As it currently stands, the power to punish for contempt is untested in recent times.</li>  <li>Dominic Cummings, campaign director of the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, could be found guilty of contempt of parliament, after refusing to attend a formal summons on May 22 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/may/17/brexit-may-denies-u-turn-amid-reports-uk-could-effectively-stay-in-customs-union-after-transition-politics-live?page=with:block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a#block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be reporting this to the Commons, which the committee of privileges will then investigate. If it decides Cummings is guilty of a contempt MPs can pass a motion censuring him. As it currently stands, the power to punish for contempt is untested in recent times.</li>
<li>Former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-nix-evidence-17-191/">agreed to appear</a> before the UK's culture committee on June 6, after he was issued with a formal summons.</li>  <li>Former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-nix-evidence-17-191/">agreed to appear</a> before the UK's culture committee on June 6, after he was issued with a formal summons.</li>
</ul> </ul>
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<li>The unofficial Brexit campaigning organization Leave.EU <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44080096">was fined £70,000</a> for breaking electoral law during the 2016 EU referendum, after it overspent by "at least" 10 percent and failed to report £77,380, the Electoral Commission said. However, it found no evidence that the organization received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica. After the the Electoral Commission's decision was announced, Leave.EU's cofounder and <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">major UKIP donor </a>Arron Banks said the body is a "Blairite Swamp Creation, packed full of establishment ‘Remoaners’ that couldn’t quite make it to the House of Lords ... What a shambles, we will see them in court” (<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/leaveeu-fined-over-referendum-campaign_uk_5af537f5e4b00d7e4c19200a"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>).</li>  <li>The unofficial Brexit campaigning organization Leave.EU <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44080096">was fined £70,000</a> for breaking electoral law during the 2016 EU referendum, after it overspent by "at least" 10 percent and failed to report £77,380, the Electoral Commission said. However, it found no evidence that the organization received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica. After the the Electoral Commission's decision was announced, Leave.EU's cofounder and <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">major UKIP donor </a>Arron Banks said the body is a "Blairite Swamp Creation, packed full of establishment ‘Remoaners’ that couldn’t quite make it to the House of Lords ... What a shambles, we will see them in court” (<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/leaveeu-fined-over-referendum-campaign_uk_5af537f5e4b00d7e4c19200a"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>).</li>
</ul> </ul>
<b>The European Union has left the door open for the UK to change its mind on staying in the single market until the end of the proposed transition period - the end of 2020. EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43725817">said:</a> "If the UK wanted to change its red lines, we would therefore change ours."</b> <b>The European Union has left the door open for the UK to change its mind on staying in the single market until the end of the proposed transition period - the end of 2020. EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43725817">said:</a> "If the UK wanted to change its red lines, we would therefore change ours."</b>
Among other things, being a member of the EU single market requires countries to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_movement_for_workers_in_the_European_Union">accept freedom of movement</a>, which gives EU citizens the rights to live and work in other EU and EEA (European Economic Area - Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway)<strong> </strong>member states, as well as Switzerland, which is not part of either but has an arrangement to this effect. Among other things, being a member of the EU single market requires countries to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_movement_for_workers_in_the_European_Union">accept freedom of movement</a>, which gives EU citizens the rights to live and work in other EU and EEA (European Economic Area - Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway)<strong> </strong>member states, as well as Switzerland, which is not part of either but has an arrangement to this effect.
<strong>UK and EU negotiators have released a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit, detailing compromises on key negotiating points such as a transitional exit period and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</strong> <strong>UK and EU negotiators have released a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit, detailing compromises on key negotiating points such as a transitional exit period and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</strong>
The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf">130-page draft</a>, color-coded to clarify which elements are yet to be agreed, maintains the EU's position that Northern Ireland will remain in regulatory alignment with Ireland, unless the UK puts forward an alternative solution that avoids a regulated border. The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf">130-page draft</a>, color-coded to clarify which elements are yet to be agreed, maintains the EU's position that Northern Ireland will remain in regulatory alignment with Ireland, unless the UK puts forward an alternative solution that avoids a regulated border.
Ensuring easy movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic is <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/583116/IPOL_BRI(2017)583116_EN.pdf">seen as key to</a> sustaining the peace as agreed under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement">1998 Good Friday Agreement</a>. Theresa May previously <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">said she would not agree</a> a deal that means the North will maintain regulatory alignment with the Republic - effectively pushing the border between the EU and UK to the Irish Sea. Ensuring easy movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic is <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/583116/IPOL_BRI(2017)583116_EN.pdf">seen as key to</a> sustaining the peace as agreed under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement">1998 Good Friday Agreement</a>. Theresa May previously <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">said she would not agree</a> a deal that means the North will maintain regulatory alignment with the Republic - effectively pushing the border between the EU and UK to the Irish Sea.
Negotiators also compromised on the terms of a transitional period, from the official Brexit date (March 29, 2019) to December 31 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, UK and EU citizens will be able to move freely between countries during this transition, and maintain the rights to stay they have had previously. Negotiators also compromised on the terms of a transitional period, from the official Brexit date (March 29, 2019) to December 31 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, UK and EU citizens will be able to move freely between countries during this transition, and maintain the rights to stay they have had previously.
Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/27/european_union/trade-transition-and-the-irish-border-a-brexit-talks-crib-sheet/52275/">Trade, transition, and the Irish border: a Brexit talks crib sheet</a>. Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/27/european_union/trade-transition-and-the-irish-border-a-brexit-talks-crib-sheet/52275/">Trade, transition, and the Irish border: a Brexit talks crib sheet</a>.
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