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Prime Minister would fight any attempt to oust her, says Downing Street

11 July 2018

Boris Johnson's bombshell resignation as foreign secretary plunged Theresa May's Government into further chaos on Monday following the departure of David Davis as Brexit secretary late on Sunday night.

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

Mrs May was forced to reshuffle roles in her cabinet following a series of resignations, including David Davis and Boris Johnson after the Priem Minister had agreed to a position on her Brexit model at Chequers last Friday. But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think she would face a leadership challenge.

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

He is replaced at Health and Social Care by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, who will in turn be succeeded by Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on July 10, 2018. "Brussels must not mistakenly conclude, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk hinted, that one more push will destroy Brexit.Brexit must and will happen".

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not believe there would be a vote of confidence in Mrs May by Tory MPs, but called on her to change her Brexit stance as he attacked the Cabinet deal on European Union withdrawal hammered out at a summit at Chequers last week.

The escalating crisis is casting new doubt on May's political future, with Brexit proponents saying her "soft" plan would force the United Kingdom into the worst of all positions; remaining locked in the union's open border scheme without any voting power.

And more importantly, where does it leave the Brexit negotiations?

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Mr Johnson's exit was announced by Downing Street moments before Mrs May faced the House of Commons to set out details of her plans.

He believed Mr Johnson's resignation bolstered support for Mrs May from Conservative MPs who want a "pragmatic approach" to Brexit.

The government has battled to find a way of tackling these while maintaining access to European Union markets and avoiding burdensome customs arrangements that could damage businesses, with some leading companies warning they could cut investment or withdraw from Britain in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

Taking charge of the Foreign Office, Hunt said he would be standing "four square" behind the Prime Minister "so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers".

The British leader may have stilled the waters over a possible leadership contest, but some Conservative Brexit supporters are still incensed over what they see as her decision to break her promise for a clean break with the EU.

But don't worry: His real resignation letter was just more subtle with the clues.

The New Statesman says Leadsom is also "in with a shout" for the leadership, but the Daily Mirror points out that her failed bid to beat May in 2016 could damage her chances.

Some Conservative Party lawmakers warned they would not tolerate a betrayal of Brexit.

Prime Minister would fight any attempt to oust her, says Downing Street