Brexit crisis - what's next for Theresa May?

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Numerous prime minister's supporters believe she would win a contest and cement her authority; but May would face a leadership challenge if she lost, with Johnson among the potential candidates.

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

"I think it is right that the Cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don't do that then they have to go", Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC radio.

Davis said he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union, which he said gave "too much away, too easily".

"I think the fact that she has lost two cabinet members has. strengthened her", he said.

In case you missed it, Davis resigned late on Sunday night in protest at the prime minister's vision for Brexit which keeps more ties to Europe than he would prefer.

Their resignation prompted a mini-reshuffle, with former health secretary Jeremy Hunt stepping into Mr Johnson's shoes and former housing minister Dominic Raab taking over from Mr Davis.

That isn't the only problem for May, whose statement to parliament on Brexit on Monday was turned into a two-hour defense of her policy of seeking a softer divorce from the EU.

After the cabinet meeting, May tweeted that she was "looking ahead to a busy week".


With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU, May has been wrestling with how to enact Brexit without jeopardizing business with the world's biggest trading bloc of 27 countries whilst forging new global deals.

More than two years later, it is still a member, and Prime Minister Theresa May's administration is in turmoil, with top ministers resigning over her negotiating strategy.

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

Despite his desire for a hard Brexit, Gove has not yet expressed any interest in rebelling against May, and as the newspaper notes, he "now has the opportunity to show he can be loyal and perhaps earn himself a promotion to higher office".

"And we'll have as good a relationship with Jeremy Hunt", Mr Pyne said on Tuesday.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

The EU definitely expects more concessions from Theresa May in negotiations if she wants what she describes as a deep and special partnership post Brexit.

He was widely reported to have told the Chequers meeting on Friday that putting a positive gloss on Mrs May's Brexit package would be like "polishing a turd", though he later joined other ministers in signing up to the package.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 lawmakers from May's Conservative Party request one.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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