Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump hails Boris Johnson as ‘a friend’

Trump hails Boris Johnson as ‘a friend’

The length of a leadership contest is at the discretion of the 1922 Committee, but the customary period is at least 12 weeks, during which May would have to negotiate with Barnier and the EU.

She held a meeting of her new Cabinet on Tuesday before attending a Western Balkans summit in London with other European leaders.

Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party's leader in the Westminster parliament, said he regretted that May's government would roll out the red carpet for Trump.

"The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn". May was forced to reshuffle her cabinet after Boris Johnson put in his papers on Monday.

Brexit-backing MPs, including leading eurosceptic Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg, will also seek to force her hand by submitting amendments to a trade bill being debated in the House of Commons next week.

May responded that she was "sorry and a little surprised" by his decision but said she accepted it was necessary "if you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom".

Jeremy Hunt, appointed foreign secretary as May carried out a hurried reshuffle of her top team, vowed that he would be "four square" behind her in driving through her Brexit plan.

Mr Johnson, who was the face of Brexit for many in Britain, said Mrs May was heading for a semi-Brexit. Culture secretary Matt Hancock has replaces Hunt as health secretary.

"I think if the prime minister makes further concessions with the European Union then there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet, from junior ministers to PPSs, because there is only so much that you can give in a negotiation", she told BBC2's Newsnight. He went on further still, remarkably claiming that the UK's inability to influence laws as they are made means "we are truly headed for the status of colony". The possibility of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers initiating the process for the passage of a vote of no confidence in the leadership of May by obtaining the support initially of 48 Tory MPs is real and can lead to the collapse of May's administration and the development of a very serious political crisis that can radiate to the remaining 27 European Union member states.

Paddy Power already see the wolves circling around May, and have been quick with their specials: "Brexit chief David Davis's resignation last night has ramped up Conservative in-fighting, as a revolt seems increasingly likely".

But his claims were dismissed by former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who said: "Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world".

Mr Raab, May's new Brexit minister, will suggest that such criticism was not justified. Three junior ministers also quit their posts.

"I never thought I would say that again, but the government's sell-out leaves me with no choice". Along with that, Germany gave an immediate thumbs down to the latest Brexit proposals.

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