Donald Trump's bonhomie with Boris adds to Theresa may's 'turmoil'

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

The departures, hailed by eurosceptic MPs in the ruling Conservative party, triggered speculation that May could face an imminent leadership contest.

But rumours swirled about a possible leadership challenge, amid reports that MPs were submitting letters to challenge May to the party's influential 1922 committee. For Brexit hardliners such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, the MP who appears to be leading the charge within the Conservatives against any compromise with Brussels, the government's current position amounts to heresy.

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who wrote in his resignation letter that the Brexit "dream is dying" and that Britain was headed for the "status of colony" of the European Union under May´s leadership, is seen as a potential challenger.

And he warned: "A government that depends upon the opposition to get its business through is like the gingerbread man on the back of the fox crossing the river".

Describing the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by "flag-waving piccaninnies", a derogatory term for black children, and then-prime minister Tony Blair being met by "tribal warriors" with "watermelon smiles" while on a trip to the Congo.

The comments will pile further pressure on Downing Street as May prepares to meet the U.S. president for his first visit to Britain, in a week when Johnson quit the government in protest at her Brexit strategy, along with the Brexit secretary, David Davis.

Set to be published in a white paper on Thursday, the plan envisages Britain continuing to trade freely with the remaining European Union in goods under a "common rulebook", while accepting restrictions on trade in services. I should think the former Prime Minister of Poland might have some respect for it. "The Prime Minister can't deliver Brexit and has zero authority left".

And senior backbencher Bernard Jenkin said there had been a "massive haemorrhage of trust" in Mrs May.

Being a "romantic on this issue" was "an indulgence not a policy", he told colleagues.

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"If anyone in the Conservative Party is then thinking about voting that down, that is the point at which they are going to endanger everything they have been trying to achieve".

Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns, a vocal critic of Mrs May, said it was time to "put country first".

The Tanaiste said the United Kingdom had now committed to a "sensible, soft Brexit".

However, she is still thought to have support from the majority of the party - meaning Brexiteers could find it very hard to oust her.

The former Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary stepped down from the front bench on Monday after Mrs May's Chequers summit last week which saw ministers agree a "soft Brexit" plan.

The truce did not last the weekend after Davis quit on Sunday night, warning that Britain was "giving too much away too easily" in Brexit talks.

Crawley MP Henry Smith posted his invitation from Chief Whip Julian Smith on Twitter, adding: "Received this invite to watch tomorrow's England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street".

"If we don't pull together, we risk the election of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister", one cabinet minister said, summarising what was said at the meeting.

The PM will hold a regional Cabinet in Newcastle in July, which is likely to include discussions about Brexit.

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