UK Prime Minister Theresa May fights to stop Cabinet exodus over Brexit

Leroy Wright
July 12, 2018

May's premiership has been left hanging by a thread following the dual resignations of Brexit minister David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from her Cabinet.

But Davis's resignation, followed by his number two at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker, shattered that truce and put pressure on Johnson to follow suit. He attacks May's plans in terms that, one imagines, were sharpened after No10 purposefully made a statement about his resignation before he had published his own.

May responded that she was "sorry and a little surprised" by his decision but said she accepted it was necessary "if you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom".

Mr Johnson resigned on Monday as the fallout from May's Brexit plans continued.

It remained unclear whether Tory Brexiteers can muster the 48 signatures they need to trigger a no confidence vote in Mrs May.

"This is the right Brexit", she said.

He said: "Not normally affable [Theresa May's chief of staff] Gavin Barwell's style I would have thought".

Former housing minister Dominic Raab has been named as the new secretary of state for exiting the European Union, following the departure of David Davis from the role.

Only days after it appeared the Cabinet had finally agreed a Brexit stategy, Mr Davis gave the bombshell news that he was walking away.

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Defence Secretary and South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said: "The Prime Minister is putting her best foot forward in making sure we get the best deal with the EU".

"Being tied to European Union regulations and the European Union tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds", wrote the Mansfield MP, who voted remain in a constituency where more than 70 per cent of voters opted to leave.

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that his upcoming visit to Britain came at a time of "turmoil" - comments May later brushed aside - and two more junior ministers quit in protest, with reports that more were ready to go.

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

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland". A "responsible government" has to prepare for a variety of outcomes in the negotiations, "including a no deal".

May, having finally signalled her vision for Brexit, spent two hours in parliament defiantly defending the plans and called for Brussels to engage fully or risk the damaging prospect of Britain leaving the bloc with no deal in place.

"I think if the prime minister makes further concessions with the European Union then there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet, from junior ministers to PPSs, because there is only so much that you can give in a negotiation", she told BBC2's Newsnight.

Memories of last year's disastrous campaign are fresh in the mind and if that isn't enough of a put-off, then the looming presence of Jeremy Corbyn, truly anathema to those in the Conservative Party, is enough to keep them glued together for as long as is possible.

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