Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned - read his letter in full

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Johnson reportedly compared the promotion of the plan to "polishing a turd".

May told Parliament in a heated session that her plan was "not a betrayal" of the referendum vote.

Tory digital minister Matt Hancock - known for his self-branded social networking app - will now takeover Hunt's portfolio as Health Secretary.

Mr Johnson does not pull any punches, saying Brexit "should be about opportunity and hope" and a "chance to do things differently", but "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

The MP for Aylesbury campaigned to remain in the European Union.

Staunch Leave supporter Dominic Raab was promoted to the cabinet as Brexit secretary.

It was a rocky day for May, weakened after she lost the Conservatives' majority in parliament in an ill-judged election past year.

But at the meeting of her party in parliament, May was cheered several times and business minister Greg Clark, who supports her pitch for a business-friendly Brexit, said it had gone "very well".

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If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.

Raab, who is promoted from housing minister, now faces the hard task of calming nervous Brexiteers within the Tory ranks who are threatening to derail Theresa May's plans.

Lawmakers howled as a beleaguered May paid tribute to two senior members of her Cabinet who resigned rather than accept her proposals.

Britain's Secretary of State for Departing the EU David Davis delivers a speech on Britain's security relationship with the EU after Brexit, in London, June 6, 2018.

When asked whether May would contest any vote on a confidence motion in her leadership, her spokesman said: "Yes".

"It requires [EU leaders] to think again and look beyond the positions they have taken so far and agree on a fair balance of rights and obligations", she told MPs.

Last month, Hunt said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal on leaving the EU.

Meanwhile Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, seemed eager to pile on the pressure, saying: "This is the last call to lay the cards on the table".

They were told they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate sums of United Kingdom cash now spent by the European Union, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

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