Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney

11 July, 2018, 22:01 | Author: Wade Massey
  • EPAAndrea Leadsom reportedly said she “hated” the plan but would support Mrs May

Theresa May clinging on to power after Boris Johnson quits over Brexit plans.

Johnson warned Britain was headed for the "status of colony" of the European Union after it leaves in March, and said the Brexit "dream is dying".

"I think that's what a lot of people don't realize", she said.

May said she had chaired a "productive" meeting of her government, unswayed by the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit negotiator David Davis that rocked the government on Monday.

May is holding a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday, following a forced reshuffle in the aftermath of the resignations.

"I get along with her very well", said Trump who is to meet May on a visit to Britain after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

But former Conservative leader William Hague warned party rebels that voting against the Prime Minister's final deal could result in Brexit being indefinitely delayed or halted altogether.

The trans-Atlantic relationship has had some awkward moments since Trump's election.

The PM told MPs she wanted to recognise the work of the former Brexit secretary on steering through some of the "most important legislation for generations" and the "passion" that the outgoing foreign secretary had shown in promoting a "global Britain to the world".

Trump, answering a reporter's question about whether May would stay in power, said: "That's up to the people".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has met with her Cabinet as she tries to restore government unity after the resignations of two top ministers over Brexit.

Mr Johnson's almost two years as foreign secretary was not without controversy, with the ambitious Tory heavyweight having been accused of undermining Mrs May on more than one occasion - and making headlines for other reasons.

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.

It comes as federal minister Christopher Pyne reassured the United Kingdom that Australia will have a good relationship with the country's new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt following Boris Johnson's resignation. But, after much speculation, Mr Johnson announced he would not enter the Conservative leadership race when his ally Michael Gove announced he was running.

He said the British position is now "a basis for a real negotiation now and what we haven't had for many months is a clear negotiating position".

Her spokesman said she had welcomed the new members of her cabinet and they had discussed the publication of a white paper policy document on Britain's future ties with the European Union and stepping up preparations for any no-deal outcome to the negotiations with Brussels.

He was widely reported to have told the Chequers meeting on Friday that putting a positive gloss on Mrs May's Brexit package would be like "polishing a turd", though he later joined other ministers in signing up to the package.

The foreign and Brexit secretaries have both quit over the plans.

Brexit supporters are also anxious the plan will limit British ability to forge trade deals with countries like the United States, and amounts to a "Brexit in name only".

The plan agreed at May´s country retreat at Chequers would involve Britain pursuing a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods that would involve regulatory alignment with the EU.

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