Brexit minister quits in blow to UK's May

Gladys Abbott
July 13, 2018

Within hours, two top officials from the Conservative party - Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield - also quit, warning that close links with Europe after Brexit could trigger a public backlash.

Writing for the Metro, he said: "The departure of two bombastic characters, both of whom have caused constant headaches for Number 10, has forced May into a position that many of her allies have always been urging her to take: one of defiance".

The British leader may have quelled talk of a leadership challenge, but some Conservative Brexit supporters are still incensed over what they see as her breach of a promise of a clean break with the EU.

Unnamed Brexiteers were quoted in the press as saying the PM should brace herself for "guerrilla war" to kill off her deal, with Eurosceptic Tories withholding their support in the Commons.

Asked whether the appointment of Raab would affect the negotiations, Schinas said it mattered for Britain but not necessarily the EU: "What matters for us is the negotiating framework that our 27 member states have set for us".

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal government wrangling to agree.

Even so, May has appealed to European negotiators to "engage" with her blueprint in the same spirit of respect that she said her government was taking toward the EU's own principles and red lines. "It s a good thing that we have proposals on the table". Of course, the European Union might still not accept the British Government's proposals for a deal, and the United Kingdom might end up leaving without a deal.

On Thursday, May touted her country's "unrivaled" trade and investment relationship with the United States, saying that the countries are the largest investors in each other's economies.

"Perhaps, one side effect of my departure might be to put a little pressure on the government not to make any other concessions and I will keep arguing to say there is a better way to do it than this", Davis said.

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She said: "It's very early days".

The enduring image of May's visit to the White House in January 2017, when she became the first foreign leader to meet the president after he took office, was Trump taking May's hand to help her down the steps of the White House colonnade. I like Boris Johnson.

The Kremlin said it hoped for an improvement in ties following the departure of Johnson, who had angered Moscow with his vociferous accusations over the poisoning with a nerve agent of a Russian spy on English soil in March.

Trump told the British tabloid that "allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame".

Just a day after Johnson's resignation, May appointed Jeremy Hunt, ex-health minister, as the country's new foreign secretary. The junior Brexit minister Steve Baker also resigned, Downing Street confirmed Monday. Still, this is likely to hurt the Conservative Party, as a strong majority of its voters backed Brexit in the Referendum of 2016 and are likely to feel betrayed over the very existence of Britain as a sovereign nation.

"We have enough difficulty with the European Union".

Trump warned that May's proposal, which maintains much of the UK's existing trade relationship with the European Union, would kill chances of a UK-US trade deal.

May and Trump are scheduled to hold talks and a joint news conference on Friday.

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