Did Angela Merkel approve Theresa May's Brexit plan in advance?

  • Did Angela Merkel approve Theresa May's Brexit plan in advance?

Did Angela Merkel approve Theresa May's Brexit plan in advance?

Boris Johnson's decision to quit at the start of the week, along with Brexit minister David Davis and other officials, threatened to destabilise May's government and her plans for a business-friendly Brexit, agreed with top ministers last week.

Johnson, a longtime owner of the NFL's New York Jets and a member of the family that founded Johnson & Johnson, said Trump was right to voice concerns at the Belgiun summit.

Allies of the Prime Minister said that just six MPs expressed dissent in the course of the meeting.

Mr Coveney also urged the EU to "accommodate" Britain in so far as is possible; without threatening the Single Market or the Customs Union.

Speaking after the Balkans meeting at a press conference alongside May, Merkel said the Brexit process had been advanced: "With Britain putting forward a white paper, this has come a whole step forward, and we as 27. will form a position and give a joint response".

Mrs May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

On Tuesday night, Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, said it was time to "put country first" and warned the Prime Minister that "there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet" if further concessions were made to the EU.

Conservative Brexiteers have staged a parliamentary assault Theresa May's Brexit plans, lodging wrecking amendments to the government's Trade Bill in a bid to keep up the pressure on the Prime Minister.

"I have a very good relationship". Mr. Johnson was quickly replaced by 51-year-old former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Mr. Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum. May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

"Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world", he said.

Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, mocked the former foreign secretary, saying he had "a career ahead of him on Love Yourself Island".

Hard Brexiters have pledged to mount a campaign of guerrilla warfare against May's government in an attempt to disrupt the soft Brexit proposal unveiled at Chequers, in which she proposed that the United Kingdom would share a "common rule book" of standards on food and goods after Brexit.

Mrs May has insisted the Chequers plan delivers on the 2016 referendum result, but her Brexiteer critics have argued that will leave Britain tied too closely to European Union rules for the foreseeable future.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tories, said of the amendments: "Unfortunately Chequers was a breakdown in trust".