Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

May fights to stop Cabinet exodus over Brexit

May fights to stop Cabinet exodus over Brexit

The prime minister has warned the Tory party it must unite or face the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in power.

Brexit negotiator David Davis suddenly stepped down Monday after failing to secure key concessions from European Union member states after the UK's withdrawal.

Labour MP Andrew Adonis said Raab's appointment could spell the "death" of the Tory leader, while writer and editor Hitcham Yezza said Brexit has now become even more "shambolic".

Listen to Theresa May's impassioned address to Parliament today - promising a return to United Kingdom sovereignty after Brexit, yet simultaneously keeping close ties to Europe (no country with an EU association agreement has so far avoided signing up to binding relations), with frictionless trade and a close customs relationship that is not a customs union (honest), while remaining free to strike the UK's own trade deals.

After a dramatic day of twists and turns in Westminster, the prime minister addressed Conservative MPs for an hour, issuing a stark warning that divided parties lose elections and telling her party that "to lead is to decide".

Davis was replaced as Brexit secretary by fellow leaver Dominic Raab.

The newly appointed foreign secretary was previously the longest-serving health secretary in history and is seen as a stable figure in May's government, maintaining a "studious loyalty to the prime minister throughout her current difficulties", The Independent says.

Despite his desire for a hard Brexit, Gove has not yet expressed any interest in rebelling against May, and as the newspaper notes, he "now has the opportunity to show he can be loyal and perhaps earn himself a promotion to higher office".

British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in her heels today after the resignation of two top government ministers over Brexit negotiations whipped up a storm that threatened to topple her fragile minority government.

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit.

Johnson quit with a resignation letter accusing May of flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU. The mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations.

On Tuesday morning Theresa May held her first cabinet meeting after the reshuffle.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 lawmakers from May's Conservative Party request one.

Other pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers said they supported May and would not resign.

Mrs May surprised many by appointing him to the Foreign Office, a position he has frequently used to forge a distinctive position on Brexit, including by setting out his own "red lines" just days before the PM's crucial speech to the Conservative conference a year ago.

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