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

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

May said she had chaired a "productive" meeting of her government, unswayed by the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit negotiator David Davis that rocked the government on Monday.

Many see him as a future leader of the Conservatives and as a prominent Leaver he could stop the rush to topple the prime minister from the Brexit wing of the party. They are the first to quit over a fundamental difference on her Brexit platform, but one of them was the man in charge of implementing that policy.

In another blow to PM Theresa May, Boris Johnson has resigned as the Foreign Secretary. Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".

"I think the fact that she has lost two cabinet members has. strengthened her", he said.

Environment Secretary Gove's reputation was left "in tatters" after running for the leadership against his supposed ally Boris Johnson in 2016, says The Guardian, and he has kept a relatively low profile in recent months.

Hunt, who had been the health secretary, is considered one of May's most loyal ministers.

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation.

But EU countries benefit more from keeping their club - the single market and customs union - intact, than they would do by compromising everything just for the sake of better bilateral relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit.

May said that Britain would not look to extend Article 50, the notice of intention to leave the European Union, and that British people wanted the government to deliver Brexit rather than voting again on the deal.

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"If we don't pull together, we risk the election of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister", one cabinet minister said, summarising what was said at the meeting.

In a two-page letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, the leading Brexit supporter said that while he initially accepted the government's proposal, it now "sticks in the throat".

Johnson quit with a resignation letter accusing May of flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

The government has battled to find a way of tackling these while maintaining access to European Union markets and avoiding burdensome customs arrangements that could damage businesses, with some leading companies warning they could cut investment or withdraw from Britain in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum".

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

But others argued May had adopted the most realistic plan after she was weakened in an ill-judged election a year ago when she lost her parliamentary majority, meaning she has to rely on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

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