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Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney

11 July 2018

Britain on Wednesday geared up for the arrival of Donald Trump just hours after the USA president waded into the Brexit crisis gripping Prime Minister Theresa May's government and portrayed the closest US ally in Europe as a country in turmoil.

At 3pm on Monday, a statement was issued by Downing Street to say: "This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

Matt Hancock has been promoted from the Culture department to Health Secretary as the premier digs in for an attritional battle with Eurosceptics.

The PM told MPs she wanted to recognise the work of the former Brexit secretary on steering through some of the "most important legislation for generations" and the "passion" that the outgoing foreign secretary had shown in promoting a "global Britain to the world".

Eight Cabinet ministers have now departed Mrs May's team over the past year.

The MP for North East Somerset praised the resignation of David Davis and Boris Johnson and said they had "courage in giving up their Cabinet seats".

May´s Conservative opponents could trigger a confidence vote against her if at least 48 MPs support it, but to actually force her from office 159 MPs would have to vote against her - a figure hardliners may not be able to reach.

The resignation comes less than a day after Brexit Secretary David Davis and his junior minister Steve Baker stepped down.

How could Theresa May be ousted as Tory leader?

The last two years have been, in some ways, the culmination, or at least the latest and perhaps defining chapter, of a 40-year civil war within the Conservative party.

Chairman Graham Brady is obliged to call a vote if 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to him calling for one - now 48 MPs.

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The procedure was last used in 2003 when Iain Duncan Smith was ousted as Tory leader.

"I think you have to give all the protagonists, whether it's the president or the prime minister, a little bit of leeway here. It should be a chance to do things differently", adding "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department.

He said selling the policy would "stick in the throat" and he could not stand by waving "white flags" of surrender, meaning he had to quit.

But many eurosceptic MPs are outraged at May's plan, and Davis's resignation letter was scathing.

Earlier she said she had chaired a "productive" meeting of her reshaped cabinet ahead of the publication later this week of a full policy document on Brexit. "There are all sorts of question marks under this new plan", she said.

"It is the right Brexit deal for the people".

Brexit Secretary David Davis was the first to resign from May's cabinet over differences about Brexit negotiations which was followed by the resignation of foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who believes that Prime Minister May is not adhering to the will of the British people by demanding a soft Brexit which would keep the United Kingdom tied to the European Union in many aspects.

Mr Johnson even proposed a toast to the deal - and suggested writing a joint newspaper column with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

She looks set on facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free trade area for goods" with the EU.

Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney