Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves his home in London

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves his home in London

But as Mrs May set about trying to steady the ship, a senior Cabinet minister told the Express & Star there was "absolutely no appetite" in the Tory ranks for another leadership battle.

Responding to Mrs May's Brexit statement to the Commons, he said: "The future of jobs and investment are now at stake".

"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.

May, who has tried to keep calm and carry on, said in a tweet that it was a "productive Cabinet meeting" and that she was "looking forward to a busy week".

"I get along with her very well", said Trump who is to meet May on a visit to Britain after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Johnson criticised the Brexit blueprint in private but has so far refrained from public comment.

Analysts said the main reason why the Brexit debate has gone round in circles-and why the U.K.'s negotiations with the European Union have been nearly completely stalled for months-is that much of the British political class have never fully understood what the European Union is or how it works. And I maybe well speak to him when I get over there.

Lichfield MP and Leave supporter Michael Fabricant said he regretted the departure of Boris Johnson from the Cabinet.

The two resignations have left May badly exposed and raised questions over whether she will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing a "business-friendly" Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself.

Speaking Tuesday as he departed the White House to fly to Europe for a week of meetings including the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and the working visit to Britain, President Trump told journalists: "Boris Johnson's a friend of mine".

This was too close to the European Union for "Hard Brexiteers" such as David Davis - as many in her party have made clear in the days since and the likes of Johnson, who campaigned for Brexit and has been one of its most passionate cheerleaders since.

Earlier on Monday, the prime minister's office also announced the appointment of Dominic Raab as Brexit secretary, replacing Davis.

He said: "Not normally affable [Theresa May's chief of staff] Gavin Barwell's style I would have thought".

And Brady is believed to be short of the required 48 letters of no confidence needed in order to trigger a leadership contest.

Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

"We think it is possible to negotiate independent trade policies after we leave the European Union".

The plan agreed at May´s country retreat at Chequers would involve Britain pursuing a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods that would involve regulatory alignment with the EU. We believe the United Kingdom leaders know it and would attempt the best for overcoming it.

The plan was labelled a "fudge" by Labour former minister Yvette Cooper, who said: "When she's in such a mess she can not just keep standing there saying "nothing has changed, nothing has changed", it has". Davis and Johnson initially backed the plan, before deciding they could not support it. The British government is due to publish a detailed version of the plans on Thursday.

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