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Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit”

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office said May accepted the resignation on Monday and will announce a replacement soon.

Barnier's comments come after days of upheaval in the United Kingdom, since Theresa May's attempt to bind her cabinet to an agreed approach to the Brexit negotiations triggered the resignations of the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

"I'd have to be the champion of the policy that I didn't believe in".

"I would be surprised if one [a leadership contest] is precipitated and if there is, I suspect she'd win it", he said.

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum" in which voters opted to leave the EU.

The gaffe-prone Johnson was quickly replaced by 51-year-old former health minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum. "The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work".

On Friday, her cabinet ostensibly agreed to pursue a close post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

British and European Union officials are hoping to strike a deal on the terms of Britain´s withdrawal and agree to a plan for future trade ties in time for an European Union summit in October.

Who will be the next Prime Minister if Theresa May loses a confidence vote? But within 48 hours Davis had quit and Johnson followed.

The outgoing Brexit secretary said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, in a "dangerous strategy".

This sets up an overdue moment of truth for the Tory Brexiters.

"I want to see more detail from the Chequers agreement, but I feel reassured that the main issues have been addressed and delivered, including free movement of people".

The "common rulebook" plan "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense", he wrote to Mrs May.

"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.



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