Britain's Brexit minister steps down in blow to May

Britain's Brexit minister steps down in blow to May

Britain's Brexit minister steps down in blow to May

The developments have triggered speculation that May could face an imminent leadership contest.

Speaking in the House of Commons about the Chequers meeting, May said Cabinet had agreed to "consider seeking accession" to the 11-nation CPTPP trade deal. She also told her party that "to lead is to decide".

"The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn".

The Johnson resignation was unnecessary - even Davis commented that Brexit was not essential to Johnson's portfolio - but he was likely more interested in jumping on the Brexit resignation bandwagon to see if there was a political opportunity to seize the premiership he has coveted for so long.

One wonders why he did not resign on July 6, but perhaps he needed time to reflect, or he wanted to disturb Theresa May's government the night before she was to present her unified cabinet's Brexit plan to parliament. "What she said, I think the most striking remark was "to lead is to decide".

Johnson was ill-suited to the role of Foreign Secretary, and it showed, but is not the buffoon some allege.

Ms Caulfield supported Leave in the European Union referendum, and Mr Bradley backed Remain.

He said he would "stand four square behind the prime minister so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the cabinet last week at Chequers". "But we will work it out and all countries will be happy".

Attorney General Jeremy Wright was appointed to replace Hancock as the culture secretary, with Geoffrey Cox becoming the new attorney general.

Earlier Downing Street announced that Housing Minister Dominic Raab, a staunch Brexiteer, was taking over from Mr Davis as Brexit Secretary.

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one", he said.

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Nervousness over Mrs May's position has been compounded since Britain's relations with Europe have instrumental in the departures of the previous three British prime ministers from her party.

Pro-Europeans want to retain close economic ties with the bloc and its market of 500 million people, while some, but not all, Brexit supporters want a clean break to make it possible to strike new trade deals around the world.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, made clear that the party wouldn't be officially supporting her.

Nigel farage has threatened to return as the leader of the UKIP unless Brexit is "put back on track" and he also accused May of betraying the people.

Therefore, in the interests of our country and the future of the Conservative Party, I feel the time has come for a new leader and so I am writing this letter to inform you that I have no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson said that the Foreign Office had heard a total of 24 "ludicrous fibs" from Moscow, after the United Kingdom government accused the Kremlin of being behind the attack in March.

Brexit hardliners welcomed his move, with Conservative MP Peter Bone saying: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May should make way for a Labour administration if her Government can not get its act together quickly.

He told the programme: "What we are trying to do is not open revolt but we are trying to tell the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that we have got real concerns about where this is going".

There has been an astonishing lack of clarity in her approach to the issue, to the point where she has failed miserably in what appears to have been a contrived attempt to please everyone at the same time.

Seven members of Theresa May's government have resigned since November 2017 - an average of one every six weeks, and approximately one-third of her cabinet.

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