Boris Johnson quits as British foreign minister

  • Boris Johnson quits as British foreign minister

Boris Johnson quits as British foreign minister

After the meeting, senior lawmakers said they did not expect the prime minister to face a vote of no confidence, although some Conservatives were still saying that she should go.

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

Mr Johnson and Mr Davis were joined by another Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, and two parliamentary private secretary MPs Conor Burns and Chris Green.

He went on to explain how the current political turmoil in Britain will work to the EU's advantage in Brexit negotiations.

Behind the scenes, European Union member states are fearful a collapse of Britain's minority Conservative Government would spell the end for Brexit negotiations and lead to a no deal. Under Conservative Party rules, a leadership race could be triggered if at least 48 of her MPs declared their support for one.

J.K. Rowling, who has been known to make her feelings about Brexit pretty clear in the past, waded in on Monday.

May, the leader of the Conservative party, believed she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a bloc of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs in Parliament, urged May to give up on the plan.

May said the plan would deliver frictionless trade with Europe and was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

He said: "This proves that at Chequers there was clearly a unity of views in the British Cabinet".

What does it all mean for Brexit?

The outgoing Brexit secretary said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, in a "dangerous strategy".

The uncertainty in the United Kingdom comes before the plan is officially put to the European Union, who may well be unhappy with aspects of it they have previously referred to as "cherry picking".

Speaking at a German-British chamber of industry and commerce event in London on Monday, after the Chequers deal was made public, he said: "We are not shy to request that Brussels and our other home countries are similarly pragmatic and fair".

It started on Sunday night, when Brexit Secretary David Davis - ie. the man specifically appointed to ensure a smooth Brexit - chose to Brexit himself out of the actual government.