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Jeremy Corbyn stands to gain from the departure of David Davis and Steve Baker... but it’s not all plain sailing for him Jeremy Corbyn stands to gain from the departure of David Davis and Steve Baker... but it’s not all plain sailing for himOLI SCARFF AFP Getty
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 22:05

British Prime Minister Theresa May has met with her Cabinet as she tries to restore government unity after the resignations of two top ministers over Brexit.

May has sought to seize the initiative since the weekend, carrying out a swift reshuffle, and warning backbenchers they must unite behind her or risk handing the keys of Downing Street to Jeremy Corbyn.

In case there was any doubt on the matter, he added: "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him".

May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

They were announced less than an hour before May was due to face the press alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an global summit in London.

After the pro-Brexit politician was the star of the successful Leave campaign, it was expected he would make a bid at becoming prime minister when a humiliated David Cameron stood down.

A former Conservative leader has warned Eurosceptics could "endanger everything they're trying to achieve" if they vote down Theresa May's Brexit plans. Her party is divided into hard-and-soft Brexit factions and she has the impossible task of keeping them on the same page.

The front page of the respected broadsheet Le Monde says Davis Davis "slams the door" behind him on his way out of the Cabinet and inside says his snub to May's Brexit plan "could not have been more violent".

But Rees-Mogg was spotted having an intense conversation with Labour MP Kate Hoey - a fellow Brexiteer - in the Commons during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday afternoon.

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The NATO alliance has been critical to the USA since its formation in 1949 when it was created in response to the Soviet Union. The NATO summit is also being attended by leaders of so-called NATO partner states that are not members of the alliance.

The ongoing battle, which precedes the referendum by many years and now dominates the political scene in Britain, reflects the sad reality that what is good for the country is not good for keeping the Conservative Party united and in power.

While other senior ministers rallied round her after the resignations which left Westminster reeling on Monday, rumblings of discontent among rank and file lawmakers remained.

"He said it here in Dublin a year ago, that he didn't want a Norway type agreement because he felt that Britain would be rule takers - and that's the fundamental difficulty, Brexiteers are failing to grasp that when you enter an agreement with 27 other countries you agree to share a sovereignty".

"Now there is chaos", the paper said in its editorial.

Speaking to BBC News, the DUP MP claimed Theresa May should take notes from Donald Trump in dealing with the European Union in the Brexit negotiations. As it happens, she now has a battle not only to save the Brexit negotiations, but also her government from disintegrating, let alone her own premiership. They also argued that the proposals breach several of the "red lines" that the government had set out, including a commitment to leave the EU's tariff-free customs union.

"What the prime minister is proposing is a way in which we can ensure we don't have ... friction with our trade with the European Union ... and here is a practical way in which we can do that", Gauke said.

I certainly appreciate our allies, Great Britain and Poland prominently among them.

In his resignation letter, Johnson said: "On Friday, I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail, and congratulated you on at least reaching a cabinet decision on the way forward. But remember, what are the options in front of us?"