Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

  • Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on June 12, 2018.

"The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work", said a statement from Prime Minister Theresa May.

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

Asked if May's weakened position put negotiations at risk, Barnier said: "To be honest, I don't want to make any comment on domestic and national policy in the UK".

In a striking change of tone, Mr Barnier said the Brexit deal was "80 per cent done" and he expected the formal publication of the government's proposals would spark a "constructive conversation".

Mr Hughes, who was Parliamentary Private Secretary to new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, said he was "100 per cent supportive" of the Prime Minister.

"The prime minister knows it's a proposal and not an end agreement".

The pair quit the cabinet claiming the plan they agreed to on Friday stuck too closely to European Union rules and regulations.

Just over one in five - 22% - think the likeliest outcome is that Britain remains in the European Union, while 7% say they don't know.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing politician who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May has been plunged into turmoil with the resignation of two senior Cabinet ministers, exposing a deep and perilous split over her Brexit strategy.

There is talk of Davis and Johnson becoming great enemies of May and making life impossible for her from the backbenches.

May has been trying for months to solve internal issues within the ruling Conservatives about which course to take before Brexit takes effect on March 29, 2019.

"I think what Boris said was, in a way, what a lot of people feel out there that somehow we should have been being much more up front and optimistic about our country".

But Mrs May has insisted that her proposals are the only way of protecting the economy and preventing a hard Irish border, while at the same time scrapping free movement and allowing the United Kingdom to strike new trade deals. "Others don't have that same responsibility".

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