Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said that, under her leadership, the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit", with the dream of an outward-looking global Britain "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

The paper describes the resignations of Mr Davis and Mr Johnson over her compromise deal as "shattering". 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.

Last month, Hunt said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal on leaving the EU.

Addressing the backbench 1922 Committee, the Prime Minister said the alternative to the party coming together could be a left wing Labour administration.

Two years after Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, May is trying to find a middle way between two starkly differing views - within her party and the country - of the UK's relationship with Europe.

"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.


Speaking to James Whale on talkRADIO, he said: "Frankly, what came out of Chequers was a complete betrayal not just in the way people voted in the referendum but how they voted in the general election".

May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

Much will depend on European reactions to May´s plan and she is due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Tuesday at the Western Balkans Summit in London.

David Davis resigned as chief Brexit negotiator because he could no longer faithfully represent the government's position on Brexit.

Mr Davis told BBC Radio 4's Today: "When we debated this at Cabinet on Friday my opening remark to Theresa was "Prime Minister, as you know I'm going to be the odd man out in this".

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

In addition to the prime minister's office, the three most critical cabinet positions - Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Home Office - are safely in the hands of those who voted to remain in the EU.


Johnson quit Monday with an incendiary letter accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" and flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

But while many Brexit campaigners were still hoping for a vote of confidence to oust May, it is unlikely that they have the numbers.

The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the cabinet ministers had "jumped the sinking ship".

Candidates for the leadership must be nominated by two Conservative MPs.

"Perhaps, one side effect of my departure might be to put a little pressure on the government not to make any other concessions and I will keep arguing to say there is a better way to do it than this", Davis said.


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