Deputy minister: British government steps could bring new dynamic to Brexit

Boris Johnson talked out of quitting by David Cameron

EPABoris Johnson talked out of quitting by David Cameron

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government.

Under the Conservative Party's rules, "a confidence vote can not be repeated for another 12 months, so if she survived one, she would have the space to complete the Brexit negotiations", 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.

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

David was initially ignored by May when she took power, "as his contemporaries Amber Rudd and Gavin Williamson sailed past him in the cabinet hierarchy", but he "has quietly been working his way back up", says Sky News.

"I was elected to represent my constituents and the Prime Minister's team needs to be aware that backbench MPs won't sit idly by and allow a so-called "soft Brexit" with us being half-in, half-out", Andrea Jenkyns wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

"It takes 48 Conservative members out of a total of 60 to trigger a leadership challenge; however, we are unlikely to see the challenge happen because there is not yet the belief that they have the numbers to effectively oust Theresa May", Hoez added.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in a scathing resignation letter that was echoed in headlines in a number of Britain's national newspapers.

But her administration was thrown into disarray within 48 hours, as first Mr Davis and then Mr Johnson said that they could not commit themselves to promote the plans under the doctrine of collective responsibility.

The plan agreed at May´s country retreat at Chequers would involve Britain pursuing a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods that would involve regulatory alignment with the EU.

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

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".

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

She adds: "There is now a chance, I believe, that the events of this week will help pave the way for the least damaging Brexit".

The resignations have plunged her government into a crisis that could challenge her leadership and result in a no-confidence vote in parliament.

But May said talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, EU President Donald Tusk and other EU leaders at the weekend suggested her plan "can ensure that we move the negotiations on". Baker was replaced by Chris Heaton-Harris, another Brexiter, who sparked controversy past year after asking universities to supply details of their teaching on the EU.

"A future Labour government led by current Opposition leader and pro-Palestinian activist Jeremy Corbyn could give Israel a real reason to worry".

"Now there is chaos", the paper said in its editorial.

The aim of the Chequers away day had been to agree the United Kingdom position - after two years of discussion - but the resignations have put a question mark over that.

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