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Prime minister faces critical moment as David Davis quits

MPs prepare to move against May GETTYMPs prepare to move against Theresa May after Cabinet Brexit plan published
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 09:33

Mr Johnson said that the Foreign Office had heard a total of 24 "ludicrous fibs" from Moscow, after the United Kingdom government accused the Kremlin of being behind the attack in March.

Johnson and Davis are two of the most prominent proponents of a so-called "hard Brexit", or a clean break with the EU.

"The governmental changes today will have no impact on the strong support that Gibraltar enjoys across the House", No. 6 insisted.

Describing the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by "flag-waving piccaninnies", a derogatory term for black children, and then-prime minister Tony Blair being met by "tribal warriors" with "watermelon smiles" while on a trip to the Congo.

"Productive cabinet meeting this morning - looking ahead to a busy week", May said on Twitter, as the resignations of Johnson and Davis sent shockwaves through Westminster and fuelled speculation that the turmoil could eventually topple her.

Johnson followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out the door as a hard-won government consensus on future trade ties with the bloc disintegrated less than three days after it was forged, and nine months before Britain is due to leave the EU.

Mr Gove, who led the Leave campaign alongside Mr Johnson, has given his backing to the agreed plans but there is little doubt he will have been disappointed by great swathes of the proposal.

One take is that Davis leaving clears the way for a softer Brexit and that might be the right call but something has been brewing before this latest whipsaw.

The outgoing Brexit Secretary said the Government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, and warned it was a "dangerous strategy".

"My personal opinion is that she has strengthened herself quite a bit", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from London.

And senior backbencher Bernard Jenkin said there had been a "massive haemorrhage of trust" in Mrs May.

It came as pro-EU Labour MPs dashed the hopes of Conservative moderates that they could rebel against Jeremy Corbyn to save the Prime Minister's plan for a limited customs union on industrial and agricultural goods.

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Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year . White House Principal Press Secretary, Raj Shah , tweeted out the following statement regarding Casey's opposition.

All we have asked from the Prime Minister, is that she sticks to what she has promised on repeated occasions, when she declared that "Brexit means Brexit" and pledged to take back control of our money, borders and laws.

If Mrs May chose to fight, she would need the support of more than 50% of Conservative MPs - now 159 - in the confidence vote to stay in office.

Sir Graham refused to say whether he had received any such letters.

Asked if the PM lives to fight another day after the meeting, Mr Buckland said: "Oh, definitely".

On Monday, when Johnson was supposed to be hosting a summit on the Western Balkans, Downing Street announced he had also gone.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned over Brexit. "The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work".

Downing Street swiftly appointed eurosceptic housing minister Dominic Raab to Davis's job, and then later named Hunt as Johnson's successor.

The latest turmoil comes at the beginning of an already busy week for May, which includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and President Trump's much-anticipated visit to the U.K. He and May are scheduled to meet on Friday.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing figure who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

Rees-Mogg said he expected May to remain in office at least until the official date of Brexit next year.

"Theresa May's Government is in meltdown", deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson said.