Pro-EU Tory minister Guto Bebb – who had criticised Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies’s remarks about Airbus – has now resigned.
The Minister of Defence Procurement, Guto Bebb, quit before last night’s multiple votes in the House of Commons on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit Customs Bill – so he could vote against them.
Andrew R T Davies – the controversial and forthright pro-Brexit former leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly stepped down as the party’s leader in Cardiff Bay shortly after Bebb criticised him – and an internal party plot to oust Davies, apparently backed by the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns [ Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan] was revealed.
Mr Davies had put the boot into the French multi-national company Airbus which has 6,400 employees in Wales – accusing it of “hyperbole” and of making “threats” to leave the UK over Brexit.[ It later turned out that Prime Minister Theresa May had persuaded Airbus to make its anti-Brexit remarks]
Last night MPs voted by 305 to 302 to support an amendment that critics said would undermine Theresa May’s most recently-announced negotiating position.
Before Andrew R T Davies’s resignation , Guto Bebb – who is little known by the general public in Wales – had also disputed that Andrew R T Davies actually was the “Leader of the Welsh Conservatives” .
However that title had been acknowledged to be correct by other leading Conservatives – including David Melding who, like Mr Davies is also an AM for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth).