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UK PM Seeks Unity Amid Turmoil Over Brexit Strategy

11 July 2018

In another blow to PM Theresa May, Boris Johnson has resigned as the Foreign Secretary.

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

May is due to address Parliament later on Monday to explain her plan for Britain to adopt European Union rules on goods after Brexit, amid anger from members of Parliament in her own party who want a cleaner break and businesses who say it may still cause economic harm.

Julien Hoez, a policy analyst with Vocal Europe, an online news service, believes the prime minister is going to be safe from a leadership challenge.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been named as Mr Johnson's replacement as foreign secretary.

Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves Downing Street after this morning's cabinet meeting in Westminster, London, Britain, July 10, 2018.

"Everybody who wants to be the prime minister wants Theresa May to guide that process through until March so that (they) could take over and say "what's passed is passed".

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald accused the Conservatives of playing for time over Brexit and openly reneging on the backstop negotiated for Ireland.

Although it has caused a headache, May was quick to capitalize on the fact that two of her biggest problems extricated themselves from her inner circle; she ceremoniously replaced Davis and Johnson with more amiable substitutes.

The responsibility for leading the negotiations should now go to an "enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript", he said.

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There will be a "hunger to win" and a desire to show Henry that he picked the wrong side, France forward Olivier Giroud said. The Guardian's Martin Laurence seemingly went against the grain, however, and predicted a 2-1 win for Belgium .

Mr Davis, who has been Brexit Secretary since Mrs May became prime minister in 2016, said he had made compromises since taking on the role, but this was "one compromise too far".

The slew of resignations could possibly point to members of Parliament demanding a vote of no confidence in May, even though her team is confident that their Brexit plan would pass if it gets put to a vote.

Davis is the sixth Cabinet minister to resign from May's government in eight months, following former global development secretary Priti Patel, defence secretary Michael Fallon, her deputy Damian Green, education secretary Justine Greening, and home secretary Amber Rudd.

If 48 MPs declare they have no confidence in the Prime Minister, it will trigger a leadership contest.

Johnson sent an incendiary resignation letter on Monday accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" and flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

But while many Brexit campaigners were still hoping for a vote of confidence to oust May, it is unlikely that they have the numbers.

Ian Lavery, chairman of the main opposition Labour Party, said, "This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left".

Those believing that there will be a deal of some sort agreed with the European Union are effectively neck-and-neck with people who think there will be a Brexit with no deal agreed - 37% expect a deal, 34% expect Brexit to happen without a deal being agreed. It would be a huge economic problem for the United Kingdom and also for the EU.

"For the good of this country and its people, the government needs to get its act together and do it quickly and if it can't, make way for those who can", he said.

At the very least, these latest resignations suggest the number of MPs willing to vote against the Chequers deal is growing, increasing the need for May to call on Labour backing for it.

UK PM Seeks Unity Amid Turmoil Over Brexit Strategy