Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Theresa May holds cabinet meeting as SNP back snap election

Theresa May holds cabinet meeting as SNP back snap election

Prime Minister Theresa May announced Hunt's new role in a tweet, adding that the queen had approved the change.

May replaced Johnson with loyal former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and gave Davis' job to ambitious minister Dominic Raab in a bid to shore up her authority.

She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson.

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

But she wakes up this morning facing the toughest challenge of her time in Downing Street to date. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

"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.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means the heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU.

There have been differences within the Conservatives over how far the United Kingdom should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people.

Davis has threatened to resign during his time as head of the Department for Exiting the European Union on several occasions.

David Davis and Steve Baker clearly realised that the promises they and their colleagues made about Brexit simply can not be delivered.

More than two years later, it is still a member, and Prime Minister Theresa May's administration is in turmoil, with top ministers resigning over her negotiating strategy.

"If the Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament, then we, the people of Britain, should have the democratic right to determine our own future".

Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

If May survives the domestic political turmoil, she still has to convince European Union leaders that her proposals can work.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

After his bruising stint at the Foreign Office, even some of Johnson's erstwhile backers have drifted away, and most Tory MPs believe he is unlikely to muster a large enough cohort of supporters to fire off sufficient letters.

Tusk said it was unfortunate that the whole "idea of Brexit has not left together with David Davis".

In a boost for Mrs May, it emerged last night that the chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee has yet to receive the 48 letters from MPs needed to trigger a no-confidence vote.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

On Monday, May defended Friday's deal, which would allow for some ties between Britain and the EU.

"Nine ministers have now resigned from the two key Brexit departments since Article 50 was triggered".

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