Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

  • Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

Jeremy Hunt, the current health secretary for the United Kingdom, has been named the country's new foreign secretary after Boris Johnson resigned earlier Monday.

Dominic Raab has been appointed the UK's new Brexit minister after the resignation of David Davis.

Yet he and Johnson have shared a mutual affinity for one another, so his departure may put the already tenuous U.S. -U.K. relationship on even shakier ground, especially if May enters into conversations with Trump from a weakened position.

The announcement came half an hour before the Prime Minister was due to address MPs on the Cabinet agreement reached at Chequers last week, and a few hours before a crucial appearance before the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs which could decide her fate.

Britain's Secretary of State for Departing the EU David Davis delivers a speech on Britain's security relationship with the EU after Brexit, in London, June 6, 2018.

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd".

He wrote: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go".

Over two long years, he and the British public have discovered just how untenable that vision was.

"But the problems they have created for their people remain".

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws.

Johnson had previously served as mayor of London and a lawmaker.

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.

But Parliament would oversee the UK's trade policy and have the ability to "choose" to diverge from the European Union rules. The country is at a standstill with a divided and shambolic government.

Conversely, the British Government has spent decades arguing against this or that European Union directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out.

The withdrawal agreement - the prerequisite for an EU-UK trade deal and a transition period - needs to be agreed by the end of the year the latest in order to have enough time for ratification in the EU and the UK before Britain leaves the EU next March. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

"On the one hand, it's true what Downing Street says", one European Union source told me.

"The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and I find they stick in the throat".