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United Kingdom prime minister fights to stop Cabinet exodus over Brexit

EPA  ParliamentBoris Johnson is in the firing line from pro-Brexiteers like MP Andrew Brigden EPA ParliamentBoris Johnson is in the firing line from pro-Brexiteers like MP Andrew Brigden
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 17:27

"It seems to me we're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a unsafe strategy at this time", Davis said in a BBC radio interview Monday morning.

In his resignation letter to May, Johnson accused her waving "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with European Union leaders. It followed the resignation late on Sunday evening of David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.

Mr Hunt takes over from Boris Johnson, who made his shock resignation announcement this afternoon.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit. "The trouble is that I have practiced the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat". In her statement to members of Parliament, May acknowledged the splits in her government and the departures of her ministers.

May's decision to brief Labour lawmakers on her Brexit plan, an apparent effort to try to count on opposition votes if her own side lets her down, has infuriated euroskeptic Tories.

"My concern is about the policy rather than the individual", he said.

Addressing parliament just minutes after her office announced that Johnson, the face of Brexit for many in Britain, had quit, May told MPs she appreciated the work of her two ministers.

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The EU has been keen to focus minds in Britain.

But so far she has stood firm in her resolve to hold on to her leadership and insists that she is confident of seeing through her proposals for a smooth exit from the EU.

With less than six months to go before a deal outlining the UK's withdrawal and future relationship with the EU must be reached, an "agreed solution" was still missing in action at the June European Council summit.

Government unity began to fray within hours.

Pro-Europeans want to retain close economic ties with the bloc and its market of 500 million people, while some Brexit supporters want a clean break to make it possible to strike new trade deals around the world.

Boris's resignation letter is scathing.

He said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc mean the United Kingdom was heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU.