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British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting in Berlin last week

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of senior ministers and an endorsement from Europe's most powerful leader, Angela Merkel, on Tuesday, surviving the explosive resignations of two top cabinet members in protest at her Brexit plans. "Friday's Cabinet agreements will not please everyone but, with just eight months to go before we leave, pragmatism is setting in and I hope the new Brexit Secretary will support this position too".

They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.

The Brexit talks are being closely followed by the Indian government and more than 800 Indian companies based in the United Kingdom with annual revenues of almost £50 billion.

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.

May has faced a backlash over the plan from Brexit hardliners in her Conservative Party who say it gives too many concessions to the European Union, but she has support from moderates and there has been no challenge to her leadership.

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

"Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world", he said.

The new Brexit Secretary appointed early on Monday is Dominic Raab; politically, Brussels should not expect a major disruption, other than a difference in style. "This is the right Brexit", she said.

Davis has been widely disparaged during his time as Brexit Secretary and he brought his own brand of "back of a fag packet" policy across the Irish Sea too.

Mr Davis had disagreed with the PM's plans for keeping European Union rules for goods and adopting a close customs partnership with the other 27 member countries. Speaking as he signed a joint EU-NATO declaration with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Tusk was apparently alluding to Trump's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin when he said "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 per cent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

Johnson's dramatic resignation followed those of David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker over May's plans to keep Britain economically close to the bloc.

He said that he felt he had to resign as he had no desire to be a "reluctant conscript" in the selling the prime minister's deal in negotiations with the EU.

This leads many to believe that Theresa May could be ousted over her handling of Brexit negotiations.

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. "If people don't like this proposal, what is their alternative?"



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