U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Resigns Over Brexit

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

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

Davis quit late Sunday saying he could not support May's plans for close trade and regulatory ties with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

She told Sky News: "I'm happy to hear it will be published on Thursday".

Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.

"We need to support her and let her deliver what the country voted for, which is to leave the European Union".

"I think it is right that the cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don't do that then they have to go", Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC radio.

The Conservative Minister replied: "I disagree".

She looks set on facing down a rebellion in her Conservative Party, where hardline Brexit supporters are livid over her plans to negotiate "a free trade area for goods" with the EU.

But many pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious at a plan they say will stop Britain forging an independent economic course.

"The prime minister began by welcoming the new members of the cabinet and those who have new roles".

And more importantly, where does it leave the Brexit negotiations?

There is talk of Davis and Johnson becoming great enemies of May and making life impossible for her from the backbenches.

Raab, who is promoted from housing minister, now faces the hard task of calming nervous Brexiteers within the Tory ranks who are threatening to derail Theresa May's plans. I have met many people with different views.

The loss of two senior ministers and the anger among Brexit-supporting backbench lawmakers makes May's position as leader increasingly tenuous.

At least 48 Tory MPs - 15% of the party's 316-strong representation in the Commons - must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, to trigger a no-confidence vote.

"Friday's announcement was turning red lines into a white flag, and David Davis has made that so clear in his resignation letter", Rees-Mogg said.

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