Most senior Brexit official quits United Kingdom government

  • Most senior Brexit official quits United Kingdom government

Most senior Brexit official quits United Kingdom government

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over May's plan for Brexit, which includes a free-trade area for goods but little detail on the approach to services. The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit.

Traders said there was a growing risk of a leadership challenge that could usher in a new prime minister who backed a harder break with the EU.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

'As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing.

He said that the Conservative party does not have a "great history of changing their leaders".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday tapped pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab to replace the chief Brexit negotiator who abruptly resigned, according to multiple reports.

He said selling the policy would "stick in the throat" and he could not stand by waving "white flags" of surrender, meaning he had to quit.

May's decision to brief Labour lawmakers on her Brexit plan, an apparent effort to try to count on opposition votes if her own side lets her down, has infuriated euroskeptic Tories.

He was due to co-host a summit on the Western Balkans in London on Monday but did not show up.

Government unity began to fray within hours.

Brexit-backing lawmakers have been angered by May's plans, saying they will keep Britain too close to the European Union and limit its ability to strike new trade deals.

He criticised May's decision to maintain a "common rule book" with the European Union, mirroring the bloc's rules and regulations, saying it would hand "control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws".

One of the leading campaigners for leaving the European Union, the radio show personality and European parliamentarian Nigel Farage, said: "For Brexit to succeed we must get rid of this terrible, duplicitous PM". "If the Brexit Secretary could not support them they cannot genuinely be delivering Brexit".

Davis opposed the PM's plan approved at her country residence, Chequers, on Friday.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

But May's allies fear more resignations may follow. She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson.

They fear a clean break would cost jobs.

A Tory leadership contest can be called in one of two ways - if May resigns or if MPs force and win a vote of no confidence in her.