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For now, a close economic partnership like the one May is proposing might be the best that can be done.

Lord Hague told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "When it comes to a vote sometime around the end of this year, let us say that Theresa May has done a deal that bears some resemblance to what was put forward at Chequers with the EU".

Britain voted for Brexit in June 2016, but May has so far been unable to present a common position to Brussels on what she wants because of deep divisions in her government.

Yesterday, when Johnson was supposed to be hosting a summit on the Western Balkans, Downing Street announced he had also gone.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said.

"The Tories can't decide whether to calm business fears or tell firms to get lost, they've lost it at this crucial juncture".

In the pro-Conservative Spectator magazine, Brendan O'Neill wrote that there had been "a Remainer coup" - a reference to Johnson's replacement Jeremy Hunt, who also supported staying in the European Union but says he has now changed his mind.

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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".

The delay has been partly blamed on deep disagreements within the Conservative Party over what shape Brexit should take.

That was despite the likes of Mr Johnson and Mr Davis privately expressing their reservations about the prime minister's strategy.

Many people now see a General Election as an increasingly likely result of these resignations, but that would need a leadership challenge before that.

Brussels has repeatedly warned it will not accept "cherry-picking" of elements of its single market.

An EU source said: "We will look at these things constructively, and in a way that is helpful to the prime minister".

Juncker's chief spokesman said the departure of Davis posed no problem, saying the European Union was ready to talk "24/7". Her plan for leaving the European Union, he warned, will leave Britain with the "status of colony", because it binds the U.K.to European Union regulations with no say over how those rules are made.

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Brexit secretary David Davis resigned late on Sunday night and Boris Johnson followed suit on Monday, resigning as foreign secretary less than 24 hours later. "I don't know (if) that is what they voted for", he added.

But many eurosceptic MPs are outraged at May's plan, and Davis's resignation letter was scathing.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads the European Research Group of Tory MPs, said the amendment would "put into law the government's often stated position that Northern Ireland should be treated the same way as the rest of the country", and "ensure reciprocity of customs collection, and treating the United Kingdom and EU as equals".

Senior Tory backbencher Sir Bernard Jenkin said: "These four amendments reflect existing Government policy, and we hope they will be welcomed by the Government".

As head of the Brexit ministry, Davis was the public face of Britain's negotiating team, but in reality had been overshadowed for months by May and her aides.

Davis had reportedly threatened to resign several times over compromises that May sought with the European Union, only to back down at the last minute.

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