Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tory rebels move to block Theresa May's Brexit plans

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", wrote former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in a resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. Paddy Power already see the wolves circling around May, and have been quick with their specials: "Brexit chief David Davis's resignation last night has ramped up Conservative in-fighting, as a revolt seems increasingly likely".

Boris Johnson has been a friend of the president, was a friend during the election and he has a warm and close relationship with the president.

Allies of the Prime Minister said that just six MPs expressed dissent in the course of the meeting.

He said: "Actually, despite all the political movement and challenges in Westminster, I think this has been a good week for Brexit".

Mrs May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

Fast-forward a few days and Brexit hardliners are on the defensive, while the government is showing a willingness to compromise and outlining a more pragmatic vision for a country half-in, half-out of the European Union.

Arriving at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: "It's there because it delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, we won't be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we'll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy".

In case there was any doubt on the matter, he added: "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him".

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"The legs feel good and I'm optimistic about what is to come hopefully", said Froome. "We're on track but there's still so much to go through".

May replaced Johnson with a loyalist, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and gave Davis' job to Dominic Raab in a bid to shore up her authority.

Much as arithmetic suggests that they now don't have the support inside the parliamentary party to dislodge the Prime Minister, time is a-ticking for the hardline Brexiteers.

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

The two resignations have left May badly exposed and raised questions over whether she will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing a "business-friendly" Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself.

Fallon warned Conservative rebels that a challenge to May's leadership is "the last thing we need".

On Thursday, the government proposal or White Paper was due to be published, setting out the terms for Britain's exit from the European Union and its future relations with the bloc after March 2019.

Johnson has so far remained out of the spotlight since he resigned, and there has been little comment from potential leadership contender, leading pro-Brexit lawmaker, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been critical of May's proposals.

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