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14:31  07 june  2018
14:31  07 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Theresa May appears to have avoided a full-blown Brexit crisis and a cabinet resignation after talks with top Leave-supporting ministers.

The prime minister had a "constructive" discussion with David Davis on Thursday morning, Downing Street said, following speculation her Brexit secretary was ready to quit the government.

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Mr Davis's chances of resigning were earlier judged at "50-50" by a source close to the Brexit secretary.

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But, following his around half hour-long talks with Mrs May, Number 10 revealed the prime minister expects Mr Davis to remain in his position.

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The threat of a damaging departure from Mrs May's cabinet came amid Brexiteers' concerns at a "backstop" proposal to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mrs May also held separate face-to-face meetings in her parliamentary office with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox on Thursday, Downing Street added.

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The pair, along with Mr Davis, both campaigned for the UK's exit from the EU.

None of the three Cabinet ministers threatened to resign during their talks with the prime minister, a spokeswoman for Mrs May said.

Following the talks, a document detailing the "backstop" proposal was set to be released later on Thursday.

Theresa May appears to have avoided a full-blown Brexit crisis and a cabinet resignation after talks with top Leave supporters. © Reuters Theresa May appears to have avoided a full-blown Brexit crisis and a cabinet resignation after talks with top Leave supporters.

Last month, the cabinet agreed the new plan, which would see the whole UK remain in some parts of the EU's customs union beyond the transition period, in the event no other arrangements were found to avoid a hard border with

the Republic of Ireland.

However, Brexiteers became concerned the time-limited element of the proposal was set to be watered down when it was published.

Earlier this year, Mrs May rejected the EU's own proposed "backstop" solution to the Irish border issue.

Brussels had suggested keeping Northern Ireland in a customs union with the bloc in the event a UK-EU agreement didn't prevent a hard border.

But, under pressure from her DUP allies at Westminster, the prime minister dismissed the plan, explaining it threatened the "constitutional integrity" of the UK.

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