Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson makes his resignation speech to the House of Commons after quitting the Government in protest at May’s proposed Brexit deal. From 18 July 2018.
The former foreign secretary is poised to address the Commons following his dramatic decision to quit over the PM’s Brexit policy.
Mrs May caved in to the demands from Brexiteer Tory rebels following a string of frontbench resignations and a threatened rebellion by up to 80 MPs over her Customs Bill. She insisted the amendments did not „change“ her plan.
And tonight she avoided a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons by just three votes, just minutes after it was revealed the Government is set to table a motion to bring forward the Parliament’s summer recess in an apparent bid to stave off a leadership coup.
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Dominic Raab, the newly appointed UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, makes a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday, July 12, introducing the British government’s Brexit white paper, which sets out its plan to leave the European Union. The document is being released shortly after the resignations of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and David Davis as Brexit Secretary.
Mr. Johnson, the public face of the 2016 campaign that persuaded Britons to quit the European Union, is perhaps the most high-profile advocate of Brexit, and his departure underscores the depth of the divisions within Mrs. May’s government. His resignation followed that of David Davis, the Brexit secretary, who quit late Sunday night.
We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health — and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.
In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony — and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.
It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.
What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK — before the other side has made its counter-offer.
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The latest from the Sunday politics shows, as the prime minister battles to sell her Brexit plan to her backbenchers.
After all, one might think it would be a bad deal for Britain, if implemented, but still back it, perhaps out of Party loyalty. (We’re not expressing a view on such a stance; merely pointing out that it’s possible.)
But at any rate, there’s next to no difference between the two findings. Three in five panel members think the plan would represent a bad deal for Britain if implemented, and the same proportion don’t support it.
Boris Johnson, David Davis, Michael Gove, Esther McVey, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox met inside at the Foreign Office.
Dr Fox, the international trade secretary, then spent 50 minutes at Number 10 with the prime minister.
(1.7.2018) That means the rebels would need 159 MPs to bring her down, more than three times the 48 who would be needed to trigger a vote of no confidence.
May’s decision comes as she faces crunch Brexit talks with the cabinet at Chequers this week and MPs revealed that six senior ministers are plotting to succeed her.
He told BBC’s This Week: “I think you’d be surprised how broadly this will be felt in the country.
“They voted individually, the country reached a decision and then the country was cheated out of the decision that it had made.
“What is the point in voting if you are told that you are participating in the most important vote in a generation or two and then something else is delivered?”
The Foreign Secretary and former Prime Minister, who were on opposite sides of the Brexit campaign ahead of the June 2016 EU referendum, held secret talks on the eve of Mrs May’s showdown at Chequers.
Sources said Mr Johnson was on the verge of resigning but was persuaded to stay on by his Old Etonian pal Mr Cameron