May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

This comes following theresignations of David Davis as Brexit secretary and Steve Baker as a junior Brexit minister - with fieldwork for the poll finishing just prior to the further resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.

The US president said that it was "up to the people" to decide if Mrs May should remain in power in a lukewarm endorsement of her position.

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

Two years after Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, May is trying to find a middle way between two starkly differing views -within her party and the country - of the UK's relationship with Europe.

"If the required 48 members sign what they hope will be her death warrant, they could find that no one is courageous or competent enough to execute it", commentator Charles Moore wrote in the Brexit-backing Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday.

And for ERG members, the issue of securing what they regard as an acceptable Brexit is an issue that trumps everything else - even, if necessary, party loyalty.

The Prime Minister was greeted by loud cheers from Tory MPs and shouts of "resign" from the opposition benches as she arrived to deliver a statement in which she said her proposals would deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest... the right Brexit deal for Britain".

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

The PM told MPs she wanted to recognise the work of the former Brexit secretary on steering through some of the "most important legislation for generations" and the "passion" that the outgoing foreign secretary had shown in promoting a "global Britain to the world". He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

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Mr Johnson's almost two years as foreign secretary was not without controversy, with the ambitious Tory heavyweight having been accused of undermining Mrs May on more than one occasion - and making headlines for other reasons.

According to the proposals agreed upon by the British government on Friday, the United Kingdom and the European Union ahead of Brexit would maintain "a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products", and London would commit to "ongoing harmonization" with European Union rules on goods to ensure frictionless trade at ports and the border with Ireland.

One East Anglian MP, speaking off the record, said: "I am not entirely surprised as he is a bit of a maverick, and if cabinet-level resignations are limited to DD then I think the prime minister will probably survive".

The controversy didn't stop Mr Johnson from publicly slamming the government's Brexit approach again months later.

"As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing".

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

Mrs May raised the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit at a meeting of the '22 on Monday night.

But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think she would face a leadership challenge.

At the very least, these latest resignations suggest the number of MPs willing to vote against the Chequers deal is growing, increasing the need for May to call on Labour backing for it.

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