Brexit blueprint should reassure EU over strategy - UK…

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2018

David Davis thrust Prime Minister Theresa May's government into crisis by resigning as Brexit negotiator and publicly denouncing her strategy as a betrayal of voters' wishes that risked undermining British interests.

Two members of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet resigned in recent days during talks over Brexit.

"It may resolve the dilemma the Prime Minister faces".

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.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

Officials say the chances of no deal have risen significantly over the past three months, and warnings about that prospect have moved to the top of the agenda in meetings with business representatives, the person said.

Davis' resignation undermined May's already fragile government, which has lost several ministers in 2017 over sexual misconduct allegations and other scandals. Farage, who quit as leader following the 2016 European Union referendum result, called on Conservative MPs to hold a vote of no confidence over the prime minister.

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland. "I can´t see more ministers resigning", Simon Usherwood, politics lecturer at the University of Surrey, told AFP.

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The government will focus on putting everyday workers and families first. "They do not speak for the people of faith across this country".

He said Britain was heading for "a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the European Union system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system".

In an apparent boost for the embattled PM, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, is said to have confirmed at the meeting now he has not received the 48 letters from MPs that would trigger a no-confidence vote.

Mrs May told MPs that the plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers was the basis of a "responsible and credible" offer to restart renegotiations with the EU.

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal wrangling to agree.

May replaced Davis by appointing Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary.

The resignation of Davis's deputy, Steve Baker, is a serious loss for May: Baker is widely respected among Brexit-supporting lawmakers.

Barnier said the need to uphold the EU's rules applied also in the area of financial services because "what is at stake is the financial stability of the European Union".

"A wider rebellion, a leadership challenge, early elections and possibly another major shift in the Brexit strategy (either way) can not be ruled out", Citi said in a note to clients.

The loss of two senior ministers and the anger among Brexit-supporting backbench lawmakers makes May's position as leader increasingly tenuous.

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