United Kingdom prime minister seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

Marsha Scott
July 13, 2018

While the theatre for prosecuting this new diplomatic virtual war to reacquire independence for Britain was the European Union headquarters in Brussels, it has now spread its tentacles to Westminster, to the Labour Party, the DUP coalition partner, Conservatives, the media, the business community, and the people themselves who conducted a million-people march against Brexit through the streets of London recently.

Mr. Trump praised Johnson, who resigned this week as Foreign Secretary largely due to disagreements with May over Brexit, even as resignations from Johnson and another top British official this week fuel speculation over the possibility of May's ouster.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said.

Britain and the European Union hope to reach broad agreement by October so the national parliaments of the remaining countries can ratify a deal before Britain leaves.

In the two decades since, he has become an established figure within the party, challenging David Cameron to a 2005 leadership contest which the younger man went on to win.

He said: "I think we are living in dramatic and unpredictable times".

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods.

Hunt, who served as the health secretary, was assigned to his new role late on Monday hours after Johnson handed in his resignation letter to May.

Her proposal would see Britain adopt European Union rules for trade in goods after Brexit, but maintain flexibility for its key services sector and end freedom of movement.

The Kremlin said it hoped for an improvement in ties following the departure of Johnson, who had angered Moscow with his vociferous accusations over the poisoning with a nerve agent of a Russian spy on English soil in March. She said the 27 other European Union nations would "table a common response to those proposals".

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On the other hand, the Monmouth MP claimed Remainers hoping to sink the prime minister's plans could push the United Kingdom closer towards a no-deal exit from the EU.

"What Australia wants to see is stability and certainty and we want to continue working with the UK Government on matters of concern to us and that includes a free trade agreement when the time is appropriate".

The Brexit Secretary was understood to have serious reservations about both the plan and whether it could be acceptable to Brussels following the Chequers summit, but was absent from the television studios in the aftermath of the talks.

"I had with David Davis a frank and cordial relationship, and now I will work next Monday with this negotiator appointed by Mrs May", he told AFP.

The two resignations have left May badly exposed and raised questions over whether she will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing a "business-friendly" Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself.

Bradley said that the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit. Johnson said the plan would make it much more hard to do trade deals.

He told the Today programme: "If the Prime Minister thinks she has consent and support from every member of her Cabinet she is deluding herself, as we have just seen". With the threat of more to follow, it could be game over for Theresa May and Britain's entire moderate Brexit plans.

But many eurosceptic MPs are outraged at May's plan, and Davis's resignation letter was scathing.

He said May was an "amazing leader at this point where she has a fragile leadership, and being able to get through these issues the way she has is an example of strong leadership". Euroskeptic Conservative lawmaker Peter Bone said party activists felt "betrayed" by the government plan.

"That's certainly up to the people, not up to me".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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