UK Foreign Minister QUITS, Theresa May Facing REVOLT — BREXIT BREAKDOWN

Jul 11, 2018, 00:53
UK Foreign Minister QUITS, Theresa May Facing REVOLT — BREXIT BREAKDOWN

May, the leader of the Conservative party, believed she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU.

May's proposals for a "common rulebook" on goods "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU", he said. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record global support for this Government's campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides.

May told Parliament in a heated session that her plan was "not a betrayal" of the referendum vote.

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 percent, backed leaving the European Union, while 16.1 million voters, or 48.1 percent, backed staying.

The loss of two senior ministers and the anger among Brexit-supporting backbench lawmakers makes May's position as leader increasingly tenuous.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May moved to reassert her authority on Tuesday after two top cabinet members quit and launched broadsides against her Brexit plans, winning support from many of her ministers including a leading eurosceptic.

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

A Tory leadership contest can be called in one of two ways - if Mrs May resigns or if MPs force and win a vote of no confidence in her.

Mr Johnson gave a scathing verdict on Mrs May's Brexit plans in his resignation letter, saying the "Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

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Mrs May has now appointed Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt to replace Mr Davis and Mr Johnson.

They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

The ERG's chairman, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said he has not sent a letter to the 1922 Committee, and expects Mrs May to remain in office at least until Brexit Day in March 2019.

The UK and the European Union have been negotiating Brexit terms for more than a year now and have been hoping to agree broad aims for their future relationship in October.

Tory Brexiteers say the proposals agreed at Friday's meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers are "Brexit in name only".

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