Theresa May promises orderly Brexit amid more resignations

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson on Wednesday rowed back on President Donald Trump's comment that Britain was in "turmoil" because of Brexit-linked political upheaval.

The US President has declined to offer support to the embattled Prime Minister after five MPs, including leading Brexiteers Johnson and David Davis, quit their roles in protest of her plan for leaving the EU.

Her proposal would see Britain adopt European Union rules for trade in goods after Brexit, but maintain flexibility for its key services sector and end freedom of movement.

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

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

Donald Trump inflicted a fresh blow on Theresa May just an hour before he was due to arrive in the United Kingdom by attacking her Brexit plan and highlighting Cabinet divisions. Against such a disorganised attack the EU's defence will certainly feel increasingly confident'.

Davis' replacement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, said the plans called for an "innovative and unprecedented economic partnership" between Britain and the EU. Nonetheless, rather like most of the Cabinet, a compromise on the issue seemed the best deal available.

The Prime Minister has now since filled the vacant positions but the impact of the swift departures may have more lasting consequences on her place in Downing Street. She said: "There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead".

Rebuffing claims that her proposals make too many concessions to the EU, May said her "smooth and orderly Brexit" would leave Britain free to make its own laws and trade deals.

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Bradley and Caulfield follow David Davis and Boris Johnson, who quit their roles as Brexit secretary and foreign secretary within the space of 24 hours.

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU after that.

"I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship", he said. She also won the backing of several other pro-Brexit cabinet ministers on Tuesday and fended off a Tory MP rebellion by warning them that sacking her could prompt an election which the Tories might lose.

"We need to see whether the taskforce can accommodate some of the British thinking", he said.

"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?" he asked.

They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.

But Parliament would oversee the UK's trade policy and have the ability to "choose" to diverge from the European Union rules.

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