MP says Cabinet's Brexit agreement should not be diluted

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

Mrs May said she was "sorry - and a little surprised" by Mr Johnson's move after his apparent support on Friday.

In his resignation letter, Johnson said that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony" under the prime minister's proposed post-Brexit relationship with the European Union.

'As we did so, the former Foreign Secretary pulled me to one side.

Jeremy Hunt, appointed foreign secretary as May carried out a hurried reshuffle of her top team, vowed that he would be "four square" behind her in driving through her Brexit plan.

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. Both fiercely criticised her negotiating stance.

The length of a leadership contest is at the discretion of the 1922 Committee, but the customary period is at least 12 weeks, during which May would have to negotiate with Barnier and the EU.

Leaving the gathering, leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think there would be a confidence vote over Mrs May. We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities'.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said free movement will end.

The chairman of the Conservatives has played down reports members are quitting the party en masse over Theresa May's plan for Brexit. On Tuesday, two more lawmakers followed them out the door.

Why did David Davis resign?

A year later, commentators said recent events show she has firmly chosen the moderate side with a plan for Brexit, to be fully detailed today, that envisages close regulatory alignment with the European Union to allow unhindered trade in goods.

She paid tribute to Mr Johnson's "passion" in championing a global Britain after Brexit and Mr Davis' work in steering through key Brexit legislation.

He will describe the white paper as "a vision that respects the result of the referendum, and delivers a principled and practical Brexit". It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the United Kingdom as an open, outward-looking global economy. She wants a free-trade area based on the EU's rule book for goods.

Mr Coveney added: "The British position now is that the way to deal with the backstop is to agree a comprehensive set of negotiating perimeters by the end of October along with the text of the withdrawal treaty to reassure people that while the backstop is there, it will never be used".

What was the reaction in the Commons?

David Davis said he "wouldn't have done a good job" of delivering May's Brexit plan, with Tory MP Marcus Fysh saying the plan is paramount to breaking manifesto pledges, which "has consequences". The plans laid out in a 98-page government paper give Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace it.

Sky News has been told that Brexiteers have "plenty more in the locker" as they seek to "inflict as much damage as possible" on Mrs May and try to force her to change course.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

Davis had been in charge of exit negotiations with the bloc. That would hurt Europe as well as Britain, and could poison future U.K. -EU relations for years.

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