Brexit secretary 'not certain' of Brexit deal

Mr Davis, who is tipped as one of the front runners to lead the party next, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show Mrs May was a "very good Prime Minister" and that he needed a "stable backdrop" to complete the Brexit negotiations.

Asked about a meeting this week where a fellow MP called for him to be the party's next leader, Mr Davis replied: "I said afterwards our job is to support the Prime Minister and make Brexit work, not anything else".

Mrs May was fatally wounded after losing her majority in this month's election and having to rely on the DUP to prop up a minority government.

The council will be composed of bosses from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), manufacturers' group the EEF, the Institute of Directors (IoD), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), as well as Brexit secretary David Davis and business secretary Greg Clark, the Sunday Times reported.

"He is a more credible caretaker than the current Prime Minister".

But he added that "no deal would be better than a punishment deal".

"I know she is coming under a lot of pressure at the moment, but I have seen her in action. and I..." You can be sure there'll be a deal, (but) the deal I want is the free trade agreement, the customs agreement and so on.

Mr Johnson said this week he would not challenge Ms May for the leadership until Brexit is concluded. In a direct message to Tory plotters, Davis said: "Stop being so self-indulgent, get on with the day job".

The europhile politician - the only Tory MP to vote against the Brexit-triggering Article 50 Bill - added he will be "very opposed" to any barriers to trade with the European Union as the Government prepares to introduce Brexit legislation to Parliament. So, if that happens then there is a walkaway, and we have to plan for that.

The Brexit Secretary said speculation among Conservative MPs about a possible leadership contest in the wake of the party's embarrassing loss of its Westminster majority at the general election was "self-indulgent nonsense".

Over the weekend, an unnamed Government minister said some top Tories wanted Mr Hammond to take over from Mrs May, claiming her credibility had been destroyed by the election result.

'There is no mandate now for the very hard, extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May was committed to'.

  • Leroy Wright