How do Johnson and Davis’ resignations affect the Prime Minister?

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

UK's new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt today said he would be "four square" behind the embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May as her new-look Cabinet met for the first time after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy left her government in crisis.

The HuffPost reports that May's allies believe that her unpredictable rival - perhaps the most polarising presence in the party - lacks the numbers to trigger a vote of confidence, and that "even if one was sparked, Johnson may also fail to get enough MPs needed to get his name on the leadership election ballot paper sent to party members".

In another blow to PM Theresa May, Boris Johnson has resigned as the Foreign Secretary.

"I think it is right that the Cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don't do that then they have to go", Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC radio. This is a point that supporters in the British government of the so-called hard Brexit and the ruling Conservative Party had previously ruled out.

When asked if he knew how many letters had been sent to Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, Rees-Mogg said: "No I don't, 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".

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal government wrangling to agree, but within 48 hours Johnson and Davis had resigned saying they could not back the plans.

Certainly not what would be needed to make Theresa May's proposed third way for Brexit work as she now presents it.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on July 10, 2018.

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British journalist and writer Neil Clark told RT how there is now "incredible uncertainty" over how the United Kingdom will go about Brexit negotiations, given a "split" in the party over the country's future trade relations with the EU.

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU.

Many took the opportunity to make fun of the former Brexit Secretary over his short tenure and the timing of his decision to quit.

"And we'll have as good a relationship with Jeremy Hunt", Mr Pyne said on Tuesday.

"May is fighting for her survival", Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a research note.

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

In her resignation letter she echoed the words of Sir Michael, saying her actions "fell below the high standards" expected.

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