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May promises orderly Brexit amid more resignations, confidence vote calls

Can the turmoil keep sterling down? This is so much bigger than Boris | British politics | For Europe, Against the EU
Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 16:14

The next resignation came the following day from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who informed the prime minister's office that he would be resigning before officially sending his extremely sharp resignation letter, in which he feared the U.K.'s new Brexit plan or "the government's song to sing", would leave the country an European Union colony and would represent the death of the "Brexit dream".

The front page of the respected broadsheet Le Monde says Davis Davis "slams the door" behind him on his way out of the Cabinet and inside says his snub to May's Brexit plan "could not have been more violent".

May is holding a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday, following a forced reshuffle in the aftermath of the resignations.

Refresh the page for the very latest. Her party is divided into hard-and-soft Brexit factions and she has the impossible task of keeping them on the same page.

On Monday evening, Johnson was replaced as foreign secretary by Jeremy Hunt, who in turn was replaced as health secretary by Matt Hancock, as the prime minister embarked on a reshuffle to shore up her position.

May must now move quickly to try to win the EU's support for her Brexit proposal to unblock talks.

"It is the ultimate betrayal of our democracy and people's belief in it".

This is because, even though these hardliners don't yet have the 48 signatures needed to call a vote on her leadership (and certainly not the 159 needed to actually oust her), May's cobbled-together majority in the House of Commons is so slim that even a handful of them could derail the process.

With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit, facing down hard-line Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free-trade area for goods" with the EU.

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Davis himself expressed regret that Johnson had quit, and said it would be "wrong" for his departure to trigger a major rebellion.

Woody Johnson has said that American diplomats in London will do "everything possible" to ensure Mr Trump meets with the former Foreign Secretary if he chooses to, adding that he had been a close "friend" during and after his election. Three junior ministers also quit their posts.

Will Boris Johnson sing a new tune now that he is just another unhappy Conservative MP over Brexit?

"When he says the Brexit dream is dying, he's really talking about the perspective he had on Brexit, but in my view that was never a live possibility in any instance".

But the Stone MP said he was encouraged that the release of the Government's Brexit white paper had been deferred for more than a week.

But others argued May had adopted the most realistic plan after she was weakened in an ill-judged election past year when she lost her parliamentary majority, meaning she has to rely on a small Northern Irish party to govern. "Brexit must and will happen".

As the MP for Mansfield, I believe that the nearly three-quarters of local people who voted Leave did so wanting to give Britain control of its own destiny, its borders and its laws.

"I have no idea, Sir Graham Brady has made it very clear that he will not give anybody any indication of how many letters he has received", he said.

David Cameron promised to hold a referendum on the U.K.'s future membership of the European Union should he be re-elected in 2015.

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