Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson Quits U.K. Government in Blow to Brexit, Theresa May

Boris Johnson Quits U.K. Government in Blow to Brexit, Theresa May

Jeremy Hunt arrives for a Cabinet meeting chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on June 5, 2018 in London, England.

Hunt, 51, had served as health minister for more than 5-1/2 years, the longest term of any in the history of the state-funded National Health Service, weathering doctors' strikes, public discontent with funding levels and other challenges.

Which is probably more than you can say for Theresa May and her Chequers Brexit plans.

Johnson is the second major Brexiteer to resign in two days, following Brexit Secretary David Davis, who turned in his papers on Sunday.

The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

"What we are proposing is challenging for the European Union, it requires them to think again, to look beyond the positions they have taken so far and agree a new and fair balance of rights and obligations", she said.

In a letter, May told Johnson she was a "little surprised" to receive his resignation letter following productive Brexit talks on Friday.

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In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

May reached an agreement on the Brexit deal with senior ministers during an all-day summit at Chequers on Friday.

Yet he and Johnson have shared a mutual affinity for one another, so his departure may put the already tenuous U.S. -U.K. relationship on even shakier ground, especially if May enters into conversations with Trump from a weakened position.

Mrs May came under fire from Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, who said she "has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit". But the ardent Brexit supporters say the deal May is now proposing to negotiate could leave Britain still accepting European Union rules and regulations, but without being able to influence them. It has become increasingly clear to them that there is to be no swashbuckling free trade deal to be made between the United Kingdom and the EU.

The UK and the European Union have been negotiating Brexit terms for more than a year now and have been hoping to agree broad aims for their future relationship in October. After the vote, he famously said that his position on Brexit negotiations amounted to: "I am pro having my cake and pro eating it".

Conservative MPs talking to The Times newspaper said the two ministers were "self-indulgent figures ... but they are not the majority" in the party.

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