UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit

10 July, 2018, 13:38 | Author: Wade Massey
  • David Davis had boasted of his good relationship with Michel Barnier the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation.

Hours later, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was named as Johnson's replacement.

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.

Mrs May has now appointed Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt to replace Mr Davis and Mr Johnson.

After May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday about the Chequers plan agreed on Friday, her allies said that just six MPs expressed dissent in the course of the meeting.

In a statement, May's spokesman said the prime minister will fight any attempt to oust her.

But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said, "I don't think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing".

But ministerial aide Chris Green resigned his position as a parliamentary private secretary to the Department for Transport after the meeting, saying in a letter to Mrs May that she had confirmed his fears that "we would not really leave the EU" under her proposals. 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".

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The government has battled to find a way of tackling these while maintaining access to European Union markets and avoiding burdensome customs arrangements that could damage businesses, with some leading companies warning they could cut investment or withdraw from Britain in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

There have been differences within the Conservatives over how far the United Kingdom should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people.

Mr Johnson went on; "On Friday, I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward".

Davis's sudden resignation on Sunday evening was much debated and discussed on Twitter the following morning. "I'd have to do something I didn't believe in", he told the BBC.

Johnson was set to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, and U.S. President Donald Trump will fly to London on Thursday for his first official visit to the United Kingdom, where he is set to talk to the British prime minister about a range of foreign policy issues.

Johnson, who has cut a flamboyant figure in British politics for decades, served as one of the loudest - and most misleading - voices advocating for Brexit before the referendum.

If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government.

But she told MPs: "We do not agree on the best way to deliver our shared commitments to honour the result of the referendum".

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