Tories in turmoil as Boris and Davis resign over Brexit

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

The resignation on Monday of both Johnson and a second Brexiteer cabinet minister, Brexit secretary David Davis, marks the end of an experiment: could May chart a course towards an agreement that satisfied, or at least appeased, the Brexiteers, Remainers, pragmatists and miscellaneous in her party?

Johnson's resignation - more perilous for May given his seniority in government - came Monday afternoon local time, just before the Prime Minister was due to make a scheduled statement in Parliament.

But there was growing speculation about Mr Johnson's plans on Monday after he failed to attend a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee as well as a summit of Western Balkan nations being held in London.

"I'm not usually Hunt's biggest fan but he's played a bit of a blinder, you have to say", a senior NHS official told The Guardian for a June profile on Hunt.

Mr Corbyn asked: "How can anyone have faith in the Prime Minister getting a good deal with 27 European Union governments when she can't even broker a deal within her own Cabinet?"

But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

"What the Prime Minister needs to do is to give up on the Chequers proposal. which does not actually deliver Brexit", he told LBC Radio.

The Foreign Secretary quit his role in government hours after Mr Davis stood down as Brexit Secretary. "Britain needs a functioning Government, not this revolving door of failure".

The MP for for Worcester is one of two ministers left in post at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) after the resignations of Mr Davis, his deputy Steve Baker and the reported departure of Suella Braverman.

In other Cabinet reshuffles, Jeremy Wright has been appointed culture secretary, and the new attorney general will be Geoffrey Cox.

Mr Davis said it was a "pity" that the Foreign Secretary had quit.

'Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go'. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe - a continent which we will never leave.

"That doesn't work, somebody else could do a better job than me".

But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said "I don't think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing".

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