Former Brexit Secretaries Dominic Raab and David Davis awarded joint prize for 'best resignation'

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Former Brexit Secretaries Dominic Raab and David Davis both won Resignation of the Year at the Spectator Awards (Twitter/Tom Newton Dunn)

They may now both be out of a job but former Brexit Secretaries Dominic Raab and David Davis have won an award for quitting.

The ex-Cabinet members who both quit the same post within a year in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit strategy were jointly awarded the prize for ‘Resignation of the Year’ at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

Other winners at the Spectator awards included Speech of the Year for MP Margaret Hodge, who publicly hit out at Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of the anti-Semitism scandal that rocked the Labour Party.

Mr Raab resigned the day after Theresa May announced the Brexit deal with the EU (Getty)

Labour MP David Lammy, who spoke out against Brexit and the Windrush scandal, won Campaigner of the Year, while shadow chancellor John McDonnell was awarded Politician of the Year.

Mr Raab’s resignation – the day after Theresa May announced a deal with the EU over Brexit had been agreed -threw the Government into chaos this month.

He said he could not accept the terms of the deal done by the Prime Minister, while his resignation sparked more ministers quitting in defiance of the deal.

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Mrs May managed to cling on as PM despite threats of a vote of no-confidence in her leadership from furious Brexit-supporting Tories.

She is now attempting to push the deal through Parliament, despite huge opposition from Labour, the DUP, the SNP and her own backbenchers.

But the PM has been boosted by strong backing for her Withdrawal Agreement from a prominent Cabinet Leave supporter.

Mr Davis criticised the Prime Minister’s Chequers plans after resigning as Brexit Secretary (Getty)

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom backed the PM’s stance in a letter to constituents, according to the Daily Mail.

She said it had been a ‘challenging journey’, but Mrs May’s plan was the only deal on the table, which guaranteed that the UK would quit the bloc in March, the newspaper said.

But DUP leader Arlene Foster reiterated that her party’s 10 MPs would not support the Withdrawal Agreement when it comes to Parliament, saying it would create a ‘huge democratic deficit’ in Northern Ireland.

The Government has confirmed MPs will debate the Brexit deal eight hours a day for five days leading up to a crunch vote on December 11.

Mrs May is trying to sell her Brexit plans to the country (Getty)

MPs will be allowed to vote on six amendments to the Government motion backing the deal during the Commons showdown.

Commons Speaker John Bercow will decide which amendments are debated and decided on by MPs ahead of the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ on Government proposals.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party could not back Mrs May’s plan as it failed to ensure participation in a ‘strong’ single market and customs union.

The move came as Labour said a new referendum would be inevitable if Mrs May’s plans are voted down.