Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary", a statement from Downing Street said.

Later on Monday night, Johnson's replacement was announced: Jeremy Hunt, who was previously the Health Secretary.

A petition demanding a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union surpassed 200,000 signatures in the wake of David Davis' and Boris Johnson's resignation.

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 U.K.'s relationship with Europe.

"I doubt the prime minister will survive long", a member of the Conservative Party's pro-Brexit wing told Business Insider yesterday.

Mairead McGuinness, vice president of the European Parliament, said the fact the white paper will still be published on Thursday "bodes well" for ploughing ahead with presenting the plan to the EU.

Ms Caulfield supported Leave in the European Union referendum, and Mr Bradley backed Remain.

Sky News reported that Boris Johnson described Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposals - agreed to by the entire cabinet on Friday - as "polishing a turd".

Chaos as Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns
Prime Minister Theresa May's office said May accepted the resignation on Monday and will announce a replacement soon. But furious lawmakers warned that she could split her Conservative Party trying to get her plan through Parliament.

The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, said there had been "blunder after blunder" by May.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing politician who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

British Prime Minister Theresa May moved to reassert her authority on Tuesday after two top cabinet members quit and launched broadsides against her Brexit plans, winning support from many of her ministers including a leading eurosceptic.

There is talk of Davis and Johnson becoming great enemies of May and making life impossible for her from the backbenches. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

Mrs May set out in the House of Commons her Brexit model.

"I think Dominic Raab will do a brilliant job of going in there and saying, 'This is what we want, are we going to get it and if not we have some alternatives'". "Others don't have that same responsibility".

He added that he would not run for the leadership of the Conservative Party in the future. He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.

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