UK’s new Brexit strategy won’t inhibit trade deals - minister

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested Theresa May make way for a Labour premiership if her Government can not get its act together quickly. Europe's most powerful leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrived in London later on Tuesday.

But Davis's resignation, followed by his number two at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker, shattered that truce and put pressure on Johnson to follow suit. But the appointment of Dominic Raab, a leading Brexit supporter is clearly hinting that Conservative Party's Brexiteers have become divided.

"It may resolve the dilemma the Prime Minister faces".

He said as much in a damning resignation letter, lamenting that the Brexit Dream was "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Critics say it will leave the United Kingdom tied closely to European Union rules and prevent it from striking its own trade deals in years to come. Inside it warns readers that a "no-deal" Brexit or fresh elections can no longer be ruled out.

But others said May had adopted the most realistic plan after losing her parliamentary majority in an ill-judged election previous year, leaving her reliant on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

"I wish them both well as they return to the backbenches to serve their constituents". Mr Raab, along with Mr Davis, is a prominent Leave campaigner. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

El Pais says "differences over Brexit break the British government". "Something has got to give".

Global trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

On Monday evening, Johnson was replaced as foreign secretary by Jeremy Hunt, who in turn was replaced as health secretary by Matt Hancock, as the prime minister embarked on a reshuffle to shore up her position.

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Mr Gove told ITV News he was "absolutely not" planning to resign.

Asked if she could survive, he replied: "Oh yes, of course".

May, who has tried to keep calm and carry on, said in a tweet that it was a "productive Cabinet meeting" and that she was "looking forward to a busy week". "And sending our best wishes to @England for tomorrow!"

They include a demand for Mrs May to scrap her proposal for Britain to collect taxes and duties on behalf of the European Union, unless the remaining 27 member states promise to do the same for Britain.

In his letter to the prime minister explaining his decision, Mr Davis said he felt it was "less and less likely" that Britain would leave the customs union and the single market, articles of faith for Brexiteers. "But remember, what are the options in front of us?"

"It is absolutely right that we focus now on these important negotiations to get the best possible deal".

Raab's successor will be the eighth person to take on the role in just eight years, he was appointed in January this year. It's a good thing that we have proposals on the table.

Asked about the balloon, Johnson said: "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and it certainly doesn't express the point of view of the British people I've met".

Former leader Lord Howard said a bid to oust the PM would be "extremely foolish and extremely ill-advised".

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