Tory chaos: divisions over Brexit continue in wake of resignations

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

"This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary", her Downing Street office said in a three-sentence statement.

Boris Johnson resigned from his position on Monday.

He told the programme: "What we are trying to do is not open revolt but we are trying to tell the prime minister and the Cabinet that we have got real concerns about where this is going".

With precious little time left - October's EU Summit is the most likely opportunity for a final agreement on the United Kingdom divorce from the bloc and a statement on future relations - May convinced her Cabinet to back her vision of a "soft Brexit" during a marathon all-day summit at Chequers.

Mrs May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

At 0900 GMT sterling was up 0.2 percent at $1.3216, up from a three-day low of $1.3189 hit on Monday after Boris Johnson's resignation.

Asked if May should remain in Number 10, Trump "offered few words of support" for the beleaguered prime minister, says The Independent.

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Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO's No Nonsense Breakfast he said: "Over the weekend, I only raised questions on what had been agreed because I was surprised that members of the cabinet had gone along with something that seemed on the face of it was tying us to the European Union one way or another". Mr. Johnson was quickly replaced by 51-year-old former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Mr. Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum. It would be triggered if 15 percent of MPs in May's Conservative Party write a letter to the chairman of the party's "1922 committee".

Speaking at the Institute of worldwide and European Affairs in Dublin, Minister Coveney said there had not been a clear British negotiating position for many months.

Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, mocked the former foreign secretary, saying he had "a career ahead of him on Love Yourself Island".

In the immediate aftermath of the Cabinet signing up to Theresa May's soft Brexit strategy on Friday, the odds of a Conservative leadership contest in 2018 were 2/1.

A week ago Britain had strict red lines on Brexit, pro-EU lawmakers were "traitors" and the plan for Britain's future ties with the European Union after leaving the bloc were a jumble of platitudes and overweening ambition.

He said Brexiteers need to accept that pursuing a hard Brexit would likely fail to clear the Commons, risk thousands of job losses and threaten peace in Northern Ireland.

Four out of five readers who took part in our survey said the Brexiteer big beasts were right to quit the Cabinet, a move which has been widely praised by many of those to the right of the Tory party.

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