UK Conservatives in Quagmire as Two More Vice Chairs Defect From Party


Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis on Monday quit in protest at the plan stirring talk of a leadership challenge and sending sterling tumbling more than a cent.

Members of Theresa May MP's Cabinet gathered at 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister chaired a meeting following the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

Boris Johnson resigned from his position on Monday.

The Prime Minister is alleged to have blocked a suggested change from one of her ministers during the away day because it had already been approved by the German Chancellor.

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

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But Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, said following European Union rules without being able to alter them risked consigning Britain to the "status of colony", and said it looked like a "semi-Brexit".

Asked what he would do if the Brexit plan ended up limiting Britain's ability to conduct trade deals with non-EU countries, Fox said: "I don't believe it does".

On Tuesday night, Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, said it was time to "put country first" and warned the Prime Minister that "there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet" if further concessions were made to the EU.

While insisting that the option cannot be ruled out, Mr Gauke told Today: "What I would say to those of my colleagues, if there are some, who think this is pain-free and this is just something that we can ride over very easily, is no deal will have a negative impact on our constituents, on the British public".

If a further 47 Conservative MPs send in letters it will trigger a vote of confidence in the leader. Mr. Johnson was quickly replaced by 51-year-old former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Mr. Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

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Tories unhappy with the current Brexit plans need to accept the "harsh truth" that there's no other option, William Hague has said.

"Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world", he said. May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

"Nor do we expect a leadership challenge".

Four out of five readers who took part in our survey said the Brexiteer big beasts were right to quit the Cabinet, a move which has been widely praised by many of those to the right of the Tory party.

He had said: "The Government's commitment at Chequers to the political and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom with no borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom is a welcome reaffirmation of what is an absolute priority for us".

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