Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit

UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit

Mr. Trump said British voters didn't vote for the "soft" Brexit plan in their referendum to sever ties with the EU.

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson resigned his post on Monday over a disagreement on the UK's Brexit strategy.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said. That would hurt Europe as well as Britain, and could poison future U.K. -EU relations for years.

'We'd rather watch England take penalties in the World Cup final than see Britain go into the final round of Brexit negotiations so disunified'.

When asked if the PM agrees with the U.S. president's view that the United Kingdom is in "turmoil", Mrs May's official spokesman said she hopes Mr Trump will have a positive view of Britain following his visit.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he defended what he said was a "credible but innovative approach" to the "technical challenge" of leaving the EU's customs union while maintaining frictionless trade across borders.

In the pro-Conservative Spectator magazine, Brendan O'Neill wrote that there had been "a Remainer coup" - a reference to Johnson's replacement Jeremy Hunt, who also supported staying in the European Union but says he has now changed his mind.

Mr Trump insisted he got along "very well" with Mrs May - but he also described Mr Johnson as a "friend of mine".

The FT said Britain wanted to be the country outside the bloc with the closest relationship in financial services to what will then be the EU's 27 member countries.

"We all know we want to avoid a no deal, cliff edge, hard Brexit, everyone seems to want to avoid that and if we come to an agreement that works for Ireland, UK and the entire European Union, then I think both sides will have to move a little". "The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn".

The Survation poll of 1,007 people found 38 percent felt the Brexit proposals agreed by the cabinet at May's country retreat of Chequers last week were a sell-out while 35 percent felt them to be the best deal Britain was likely to get.

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.

But others said May had adopted the most realistic plan after losing her parliamentary majority in an ill-judged election previous year, leaving her reliant on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

Among those rallying around the prime minister was environment minister Michael Gove - a prominent campaigner to exit the European Union alongside Johnson for the 2016 referendum - who said he would not follow suit by resigning.

It will offer more detail on a position to try to move on with Brexit talks that have all but stalled.

Why so many resignations at once?

Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary by Mrs May after Davis' resignation. "It's not even an accidental betrayal, it was planned and plotted well in advance", said Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen.

The plan has caused outrage among eurosceptic members of May's Conservative party, and foreign minister Boris Johnson joined Davis in dramatically quitting this week in protest.

In her reply Mrs May said she was sorry, and "a little surprised", at his decision but that if he could not support the Government's position, "it is right that you should step down".

"But I come back to this point, if people don't like this proposal what is their alternative?"

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