Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

The Times, Mail and the Telegraph all splash with headlines quoting Johnson's warning that the "Brexit dream is dying".

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. Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing politician who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd".

The latest turmoil comes at the beginning of an already busy week for May, which includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and President Trump's much-anticipated visit to the U.K. He and May are scheduled to meet on Friday. Britain and the European Union agree there must be border infrastructure or checks along the now invisible frontier, but working out how to achieve that has been a major stumbling block in negotiations.

At a Cabinet meeting Friday, May demanded members support a plan for Brexit that it would include Britain partly remaining in the single market and signing up to a "common rulebook" for goods.

Brexit-backing lawmakers have been angered by May's plans, saying they will keep Britain too close to the European Union and limit its ability to strike new trade deals. They also argued that the proposals breach several of the "red lines" the government had set out, including a commitment to leave the EU's tariff-free customs union.

The withdrawal agreement - the prerequisite for an EU-UK trade deal and a transition period - needs to be agreed by the end of the year the latest in order to have enough time for ratification in the EU and the UK before Britain leaves the EU next March.

May said: "What we are proposing is challenging for the EU". "It requires them to think again and look beyond the positions they have taken so far and agree a fair balance of rights and obligations".

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the Government.

United Kingdom housing minister Dominic Raab was appointed as the UK's chief Brexit negotiator a few hours after Davis's announcement.

Davis insisted he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for May's ouster. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

While International Development Secretary Penny Morduant immediately welcomed the decision saying Rabb is "highly capable, across the issues, attention to detail, Leave supporter and pragmatist", others said Davis' resignation has plunged Britain into "absolute chaos".

"I'd have to deliver this".

"It seems to me we're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a risky strategy at this time", Davis said in a BBC radio interview Monday morning.

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