Britain's Brexit Secretary Abruptly Quits, Throwing Deal To Leave EU In Doubt

Posted July 13, 2018

Her spokesman said they discussed the publication of a white paper policy document on Britain's future ties with the EU.

May's government was rattled on Monday by the departures of foreign minister Boris Johnson - the face of Brexit for many - and her chief Brexit negotiator David Davis.

Tentative signs of a stronger economy have lifted expectations of an August interest rate hike to more than 60 percent from less than 50 percent two weeks ago.

The resignation of British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, along with three other MPs in recent days, only confirms our doubts.

On Monday, Johnson failed to arrive at an worldwide meeting in London, fuelling speculation that he planned to resign.

"By surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods. we will make it much more hard to do free trade deals", Johnson wrote in his resignation letter to May.

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal government wrangling to agree.

The front page of the respected broadsheet Le Monde says Davis Davis "slams the door" behind him on his way out of the Cabinet and inside says his snub to May's Brexit plan "could not have been more violent".

"If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10".

Another minister from the Brexit department, Suella Braverman, was also reported by local media to have resigned. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Sunday that it did not contain everything he wanted but "I'm a realist".

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The staunchly pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Andrea Jenkyns tweeted: "Fantastic news".

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics, said Mrs May would have to U-turn on her plans or rely on Labour votes to force them through Parliament.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

One of the rebel amendments - signed by Mr Rees-Mogg, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith and former minister Priti Patel - calls on the United Kingdom to scrap an offer to collect taxes and duties on behalf of the European Union, unless EU states reciprocate.

But the plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world. The British government is due to publish a detailed version of the plans on Thursday. The EU says it will respond once it has seen the details.

"We want to bring the negotiating process forward", she said.

May's government is trying to satisfy Britons who voted for their country to leave the bloc, but to set an independent course without hobbling businesses, security agencies and other sectors that are closely entwined with the EU.

US President Donald Trump, asked about the unfolding drama ahead of his visit to Britain later this week, said it appeared "in somewhat turmoil".

He added that Boris Johnson was "a great friend to Australia" and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in particular had a good relationship with him.

"I get along with her very well", said Trump who is to meet May on a visit to Britain after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.