Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May

  • Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May

Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May

A petition demanding a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union surpassed 200,000 signatures in the wake of David Davis' and Boris Johnson's resignation.

Johnson followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out the door as a hard-won government consensus on future trade ties with the bloc disintegrated less than three days after it was forged, and nine months before Britain is due to leave the EU.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan has more.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright replaced Mr Hancock as the culture secretary, with backbencher Geoffrey Cox becoming the new attorney general.

"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.

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

Johnson, who favours a stronger break with the European Union, said in his resignation letter that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony".

"The Chequers Car Crash crosses Theresa May's own red lines, it certainly fails Labour's six tests and it is a million miles away from the kind of Brexit people thought they were getting - whether they voted Leave or Remain in 2016".

The Prime Minister is hoping to win over Tory Brexiteers after a backlash against her plans for leaving the European Union. She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson.

Jeremy Hunt arrives for a Cabinet meeting chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on June 5, 2018 in London, England.

Davis said he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for May's ouster.

Under Conservative Party rules, a leadership race could be triggered if at least 48 of her MPs declared their support for one.

May was asked by an opposition lawmaker Monday whether she would contest a vote of confidence rather than resign.

"I'd have to deliver this".