Brexit secretary David Davis resigns

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

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

At 3pm on Monday, a statement was issued by Downing Street to say: "This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

May, who has tried to keep calm and carry on, said in a tweet that it was a "productive Cabinet meeting" and that she was "looking forward to a busy week".

The responsibility for leading the negotiations should now go to an "enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript", he said.

Party rules dictate that 48 Tory MPs - 15% of those in Parliament - must sign letters of no confidence to trigger a vote, but that number has not yet materialised.

Still, he laid out his principled rationale as the lead cabinet officer in charge of selling a plan in which he did not believe.

His resignation this afternoon from the Foreign Office, in response to May's Soft Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, and following the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis last night, ends a period of political prevarication we haven't seen since Boris Johnson couldn't make up his mind about whether to back Leave or Remain at the European Union referendum. Theresa May's song, unfortunately, stuck in his throat.

Is this the end to the cabinet resignations?

On Monday, the Conservative MP became the third minister to resign from the Cabinet in recent days over Britain's plan for exiting the European Union, throwing British politics into chaos and raising the spectre of a potential Conservative leadership challenge or general election.

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Mr Johnson appeared to laugh when the caller said he was a holding a meeting with the Russian president and that he "hoped he will not poison me with novichok".

"If the required 48 members sign what they hope will be her death warrant, they could find that no one is fearless or competent enough to execute it", commentator Charles Moore wrote in the Brexit-backing Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday.

May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

His resignation comes just a month after he was heard launching a scathing attack on the government's Brexit strategy in a leaked tape from a private dinner with Conservative activists. He may have a unique opportunity to try out a new sound when President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh's nomination outside Supreme Court MORE visits London this week.

When asked if the PM agrees with the United States president's view that the United Kingdom is in "turmoil", Mrs May's official spokesman said she hopes Mr Trump will have a positive view of Britain following his visit.

He added: "The stance of hard-line Brexiteers is revealing, Boris Johnson's resignation letter to Theresa May in itself reveals actually the degree the type of Brexit he wanted was never going to happen, and he was never really dealing with reality".

"It would not have been a plausible thing to do and I wouldn't have done a good job at it".

Speaking to BBC radio on Monday, he said he hoped Britain would "resist very strongly any attempt to get any further concessions".

While the Irish government welcomed Friday's agreement, they said "a lot of work" remains, "particularly from the British side". These views are her own.

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