Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to unite factions within her ruling Conservative Party
10 July, 2018, 06:32
Boris Johnson (file) in March.
His resignation this afternoon from the Foreign Office, in response to May's Soft Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, and following the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis last night, ends a period of political prevarication we haven't seen since Boris Johnson couldn't make up his mind about whether to back Leave or Remain at the European Union referendum.
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".
In a statement, May's spokesman said the prime minister will fight any attempt to oust her.
He added that he would not run for the leadership of the Conservative Party in the future.
"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position and possibly an inescapable one", he said in his letter.
Mrs May later faced down backbench critics at a meeting of the 1922 committee, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could spark a leadership election.
"What Theresa May was trying to do with her proposal last week was to come up with a compromise that would keep all sides on ball within the Conservative party, and clearly that has failed", Clark said.
Mr Johnson does not pull any punches, saying Brexit "should be about opportunity and hope" and a "chance to do things differently", but "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".
However critics, including Mr Davis, felt that it meant that the plan would tie the United Kingdom too closely to European Union decision-making in the future, and would give the United Kingdom parliament only "illusory" powers.
The Prime Minister's latest political drama began late on Sunday night when Davis announced his decision to leave his post, declaring he could not support May's plan for Brexit agreed plan.
The official portrait of David Davis.
Earlier in the day the EU Commission had "no specific comment" on the overnight resignation of Davis, which it said was "not a problem for the EU".
Downing Street swiftly appointed eurosceptic housing minister Dominic Raab to Davis's job, and said it expected to replace Johnson imminently.
"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".
Appearing in the House of Commons just minutes later, a confident-sounding May defended her Brexit plan.