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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quits amid mounting Brexit crisis

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Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 08:58

Boris Johnson warned Monday as he quit as foreign secretary that the Brexit "dream is dying" and Britain is "headed for the status of colony" with its plan to stay close to the EU.

"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister, " Davis said.

First, David Davis resigned as Brexit secretary.

Britain's new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt talks to the media outside the Foreign Office in central London, Britain, July 9, 2018.

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

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 the Prime Minister needs to do is to give up on the Chequers proposal. which does not actually deliver Brexit", he told LBC Radio.

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Davis did not urge other ministers to resign, saying he was in a unique position because the Brexit secretary's job is to sell the government's policy. He has since said he is a convert to the Brexit cause.

Johnson said Britain was destined for a "semi Brexit" if the blueprint agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday is delivered.

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".

The United Kingdom's head negotiator leading the nation's complicated divorce from the European Union suddenly resigned Monday; prompting the UK Foreign Minster to quit his post as the Prime Minister faces an all-out revolt from Parliament.

Meanwhile, the pound fell against the dollar and the euro following Mr Johnson's resignation, with analysts warning it was likely to fall further if he launched a leadership challenge to Mrs May.

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