Britain turns against Theresa May on Brexit, Sky Data poll finds

  • Britain turns against Theresa May on Brexit, Sky Data poll finds

Britain turns against Theresa May on Brexit, Sky Data poll finds

Numerous prime minister's supporters believe she would win a contest and cement her authority; but May would face a leadership challenge if she lost, with Johnson among the potential candidates.

Mr Davis resigned on Sunday night from the Department for Exiting the European Union, insisting that he could not support Theresa May's vision of Brexit.

David Davis and Steve Baker clearly realised that the promises they and their colleagues made about Brexit simply can not be delivered.

But the chaos surrounding the government will not die down any time soon-the contingent supporting a hard Brexit is more angry than ever.

Sure, three of her most pro-Brexit ministers-Andrea Leadsom, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove-went on the airwaves to defend the agreement.

With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to assembled guests, as she hosts a reception to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, at 10 Downing Street, in central London on July 4, 2018.

May replaced Johnson with a loyalist, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, and gave Davis' job to Dominic Raab in a bid to shore up her authority.

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation.

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

British journalist and writer Neil Clark told RT how there is now "incredible uncertainty" over how the United Kingdom will go about Brexit negotiations, given a "split" in the party over the country's future trade relations with the EU.

In her reply Mrs May said she was sorry, and "a little surprised", at his decision but that if he could not support the Government's position, "it is right that you should step down".

She then returned to Downing Street to fill the gaps left on the government benches by several resignations, sparked by the Brexit secretary, David Davis, who stepped down late on Sunday night.

He believed Mr Johnson's resignation bolstered support for Mrs May from Conservative MPs who want a "pragmatic approach" to Brexit.

Party rules say that there can be no further challenge for 12 months, making biding time an attractive option if they are convinced May will come unstuck negotiating a soft Brexit deal they find unpalatable.

"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.

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".