May seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

Devin Lawrence
July 11, 2018

"My personal opinion is that she has strengthened herself quite a bit", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from London. "That has been a fact for decades in terms of how some people in the Conservative Party view the European Union and Britain's place with it".

It was Johnson, however, who stood up to the Prime Minister before last October's Tory party conference when she was already deviating from her own promises to take us out of the Single Market and Customs Union and Johnson who would throw his weight in Cabinet when others would not speak up. "Now there is obviously some kick-back in relation to that".

May has faced anger from Brexit hardliners in her party who say her plan makes too many concessions to the EU.

"I think you have to give all the protagonists, whether it's the president or the prime minister, a little bit of leeway here".

The British government is due to publish a detailed version of its plans on Thursday.

John Major, her successor, negotiated the 1992 Maastricht Treaty for the United Kingdom but nearly failed to ratify it due to pressure from the Conservatives' Eurosceptic wing.

"We don't have much time here", he said.

"I was elected to represent my constituents and the Prime Minister's team needs to be aware that backbench MPs won't sit idly by and allow a so-called "soft Brexit" with us being half-in, half-out", Andrea Jenkyns wrote in The Daily Telegraph. He said: "I am disappointed David felt that he had to leave the government".

"I assume we'll continue to be promiscuous about these negotiations: we'll try everything with nearly everyone".

While May is certainly in a precarious situation, the absence of banner-barer leading the charge for a clear and widely supported alternative position to the Chequers deal makes her relatively safe for now.

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The HuffPost reports that May's allies believe that her unpredictable rival - perhaps the most polarising presence in the party - lacks the numbers to trigger a vote of confidence, and that "even if one was sparked, Johnson may also fail to get enough MPs needed to get his name on the leadership election ballot paper sent to party members".

"It is probably not helpful for an Irish Government to comment on why people have resigned or the consequences of that".

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders gave his backing to the latest Brexit position set out by British Prime Minister Theresa May, softening criticism made on Friday when he stated May's government had "no clue" over the process. "I think that is where our focus should be".

Mr Barrow also suggested that David Davis could be considered as a replacement for Theresa May.

"I think for some time now the British negotiation has been out of No 10 (Downing Street)".

Other pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers said they supported May and would not resign.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage welcomed Mr Johnson's decision on Twitter, saying: "Bravo Boris Johnson". He is somebody I regard as a very decent person. He said Britain was heading for a "semi-Brexit". "The main issue of the withdrawal agreement that needs solving is the Irish border issue, in which the United Kingdom and the European Union in December 2017 promised to avoid border checks", Maasikas said.

"So we will see what happens, we have a long, lovely week".

The timing could not be worse, as Britain faces a fresh diplomatic row with Russian Federation over a nerve agent attack, and ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit this week. It's important to maintain the well preserved unity of the 27 member states. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, is a good thing".

"The governmental changes today will have no impact on the strong support that Gibraltar enjoys across the House", No. 6 insisted.

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