Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

Boris Johnson and David Davis

Boris Johnson has accused her of attempting to make Britain a colony of the European Union were the proposals tabled by May to become the basis for the divorce.

He has also said he might speak to Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over May's plans.

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.

Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary by Mrs May after Davis' resignation.

Their departures, followed by a clutch of junior aides, destabilised May's government and revived talk of a leadership challenge against her. "The risk of that is, she'd win", Mr. Travers said.

She earlier faced her critics at a packed meeting of backbench Conservative MPs, many of whom share Mr Johnson's concerns about her Brexit stance.

Brexiteer ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg declared the plan "does not respect the referendum result" while Tory MPs lined up to condemn the plans in Parliament.

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one", he said.

Mr Johnson does not pull any punches, saying Brexit "should be about opportunity and hope" and a "chance to do things differently", but "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

"If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to No.10".

The president backed down over the threats when other leaders agreed to increase defence spending "like they never have before" and described himself as a "very stable genius" over the deal. Mr Davis said the proposals were a "compromise too far" and was "giving away too much too easily" and would effectively mean the United Kingdom remaining in the EU.

LONDON ― U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday was the latest cabinet minister to resign over Brexit negotiations, placing Prime Minister Theresa May's grip on power in doubt just days before U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Britain.

Under the plans, Britain would stick to a "common rulebook" with the European Union for goods and agricultural products in return for free trade, without tariffs or border customs checks.

Mr David Davis replied: "Regret, really".

"It would deliver on both sides' commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland, avoiding a hard border without compromising the EU's autonomy or the UK's sovereignty".

May said the plan would deliver frictionless trade with Europe and was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

The Chequers deal met everything they had been asked to do, including ending free movement and European jurisdiction and stopping payments to the EU, he said.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

Johnson reportedly compared the promotion of the plan to "polishing a turd". "We are supporting Theresa for PM", he added.

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?



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