Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quits amid Brexit crisis

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quits amid Brexit crisis

Davis quit late Sunday saying he could not support May's plans for close trade and regulatory ties with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

Both Mr Johnson and Mr Davis had signed up on Friday to Mrs May's blueprint for Brexit at an all-day summit at Chequers which the Prime Minister believed had secured Cabinet unity behind her proposals. The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit. "The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work".

"The government now has a song to sing".

'The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat'.

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May met with Conservative lawmakers in a packed room at Parliament, in a bid to calm the feverish atmosphere in the deeply divided party.

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

Johnson gave a scathing verdict on Theresa May's Brexit plans tonight as his resignation letter said the "Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

"My concern is about the policy rather than the individual", he said.

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The resignations further complicate that process, and put a question mark over whether she can get the backing of parliament for her Brexit plans and whether there may be a leadership contest.

Davis also said that May's plan "would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome".

Davis said of Mays approach: "It seems to me we are giving too much away too easily".

First Davis and then Johnson appear to have done so, and their resignations have come at a critical and highly sensitive time for May.

Government unity began to fray within hours.

Theresa May's plan has been attacked from all sides - as unworkable and damaging for jobs by business figures - and as tying Britain to European Union market rules without any say over them by hard brexiteers. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive Thursday for a visit that will be closely watched for any comments on Brexit and USA relations with the EU.

Hard-line Brexit backers - who want May to seek a clean, decisive break from Brussels - were in open revolt over her recently revealed proposals.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

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