Boris Johnson not dealing in reality over Brexit, says Micheál Martin

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

"Productive cabinet meeting this morning - looking ahead to a busy week", May said on Twitter, as the resignations of Johnson and Davis sent shockwaves through Westminster and fuelled speculation that the turmoil could eventually topple her.

The campaign is fighting to give the public the final say on Brexit, a deal that is "too big to be ignored by the people".

He says the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", and that Britain is "headed to the status of a colony", having to swallow European Union writ without "any ability to influence these laws as they are made".

Although May looked to have avoided a direct challenge to her leadership, there were more signs that all was not well.

The prime minister's official spokesman said she would fight any attempt to oust her as prime minister if the required 48 Tory MPs called for a contest.

"It's a good thing that we have proposals on the table", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Balkans summit in London.

This is far less certain than some of her opponents appear to believe.

There were calls for May to scrap her proposals and tell the European Union that the U.K.is leaving without a deal, according to one person who was present.

Asked Tuesday whether May should be replaced as prime minister, Trump said it was "up to the people, not up to me".

"It's regrettable it hasn't been resolved yet, I think there should be less hype and over spinning and let's focus on detailed negotiations".

Boris Johnson Resigns as U.K. Foreign Secretary Amid Brexit Turmoil
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Rees-Mogg said on Monday night that Mr Johnson would make an "brilliant" prime minister. Dominic Raab , a former housing minister, has assumed the role of Brexit Secretary.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

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

The timing could not be worse, as Britain faces a fresh diplomatic row with Russian Federation over a nerve agent attack, and ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit this week.

Environment Secretary Gove's reputation was left "in tatters" after running for the leadership against his supposed ally Boris Johnson in 2016, says The Guardian, and he has kept a relatively low profile in recent months. While International Development Secretary Penny Morduant immediately welcomed the decision saying Rabb is "highly capable, across the issues, attention to detail, Leave supporter and pragmatist", others said Davis' resignation has plunged Britain into "absolute chaos".

"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with Russian Federation was rather modest, to put it mildly", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Hunt's post of health secretary has been taken over by culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock, as May struggled to keep control of dissenting voices within her top team.

May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab to replace Davis, who insisted he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for the prime minister's ouster.

The crisis swirling around the United Kingdom government and Brexit talks right now has been touted by some factions as a result of prime minister Theresa May's weak leadership.

May announced on Friday that her warring Cabinet had finally agreed to a plan to follow European Union rules for trade in goods, raising hopes that long-stalled talks with the bloc could progress.

Under the Conservative Party's rules, "a confidence vote can not be repeated for another 12 months, so if she survived one, she would have the space to complete the Brexit negotiations", he said.

The Prime Minister would have been forgiven for thinking on Sunday evening that she had managed to placate unhappy Cabinet Brexiteers at Chequers on Friday.

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