Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

May's Government in chaos as Johnson and Davis quit over Brexit plan

May's Government in chaos as Johnson and Davis quit over Brexit plan

"I believe this will help the government stick to the promises it made".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis both quit the government this week in protest.

Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the prime minister".

"It may resolve the dilemma the prime minister faces".

But prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described it as a "breakdown in trust" and said Mrs May must now U-turn or be forced to rely on Labour votes to get her legislation through Parliament.

'The Chequers deal is a plan that has been put together, it's been agreed by government, ' she said as she arrived in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Under the proposals, the United Kingdom will "maintain a common rulebook for all goods" with the European Union, including agricultural products, after Brexit, as well as creating a "combined customs territory" at the border.

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland".

"But the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, and some opportunist goal hanging by Boris Johnson, has cut exporters" celebrations short.

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The comments infuriated some of May's Conservative Party colleagues, including one who tweeted, " Where are your manners , Mr. May has been making the case for a U.S. free trade deal with Trump, on his first United Kingdom visit as president.

That is more than the 48 required to trigger a no-confidence vote in May, if unhappy MPs were to lodge a formal objection with the chair of the party's backbench 1922 committee.

Asked if he could change May's plan without changing the prime minister herself, he replied: "Yes I think that's possible".

But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from the administration. "We are supporting Theresa for PM".

Former Tory leader William Hague warned MPs could lose out on Brexit if they did not back the PM.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he defended what he said was a "credible but innovative approach" to the "technical challenge" of leaving the EU's customs union while maintaining frictionless trade across borders.

"If anyone in the Conservative Party is then thinking about voting that down, that is the point at which they are going to endanger everything they have been trying to achieve".

According to Politico, the key question is whether May's Tory opponents will try to keep pressure on May or whether they have the numbers and the intention to damage her government in an effort to get the Brexit they feel voters expect.

Crawley MP Henry Smith posted his invitation from Chief Whip Julian Smith on Twitter, adding: "Received this invite to watch tomorrow's England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street".

Rees-Mogg said his amendments would try to force the government to put into law its aim that Northern Ireland could not be treated separately, to stop what some Brexit campaigners see as attempts to divide the United Kingdom to ensure there is no return to a hard border with European Union member Ireland.

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