People think David Davis secretly wrote 'It's coming home' in his resignation

11 July, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Theresa May and David Davis

Theresa May has been strengthened by the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis over her Brexit plan, a Welsh member of her government says.

In her response to Johnson, May wrote that she was "sorry and a little surprised" by his move after his apparent support on Friday, when ministers held talks at her country retreat of Chequers and emerged with a "collective" position on Brexit.

Within hours, two top officials from the Conservative party - Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield - also quit, warning that close links with Europe after Brexit could trigger a public backlash.

Helen in Gosport called in to say she is a big fan of the former Brexit Secretary.

Johnson spoke for angry Conservative Brexit-backers in his resignation letter to May when he complained that voters weren't going to get the things he'd promised them when he campaigned to leave the EU.

If she lost the vote, she would not be able to stand in the subsequent leadership contest, arranged by Sir Graham.

"And we risk getting to a point in a few months time if Brexit happens, and I think it is an if rather than a when, in which one side here, the many people who regard Brexit as a disastrous error, will be pointing out the many problems that arise from it".

Despite a "collective agreement" on the plan at Chequers last Friday the pair said they could not back the proposals, specifically the plan for a common rulebook for industrial goods and agricultural products.

Even so, when May appeared in parliament on Monday afternoon, she didn't look like a woman who was facing an existential crisis.

The mother-of-one from Hampstead, north London, is still in prison in Iran and was told in May she could face a new charge of spreading propaganda.

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Asked Tuesday whether May should be replaced as prime minister, Trump said it was "up to the people, not up to me". May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

May has said she will fight off any attempt to unseat her.

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.

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine", he added.

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

According to Prime Minister Theresa May, the ministers also agreed on a "business-friendly customs model" to maintain high standards, but at the same time also allow Britain "to strike new trade deals around the world" once it has left the European Union next March.

Mairead McGuinness, vice president of the European Parliament, said the fact the white paper will still be published on Thursday "bodes well" for ploughing ahead with presenting the plan to the EU.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the staunchest of Brexit hardliners, went so far as to say that May's Chequers deal is worse than a no-deal hard Brexit, something that would see Britain crashing out of the European Union with no trade deal and the rights of European Union citizens within the United Kingdom disappearing overnight (and vice-versa).

"I had with David Davis a frank and cordial relationship, and now I will work next Monday with this negotiator appointed by Mrs May", he told AFP.

The carefully choreographed meeting last week resulted in a deal May believed her cabinet had signed up to, which would create a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods, governed by a "common rule book".

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