Government plunged deeper into chaos as Tory vice-chairs resign

12 July, 2018, 22:19 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Jack Taylor  Getty Images David Davis

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine", he said.

The delay has been partly blamed on deep disagreements within the Conservative Party over what shape Brexit should take.

She paid tribute to Mr Johnson's "passion" in championing a global Britain after Brexit and Mr Davis' work in steering through key Brexit legislation.

The customs bill - formally known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, will give the government the power to adopt a new customs policy after it leaves the EU. "The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".

May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab as the country's new Brexit secretary.Many pro-Brexit lawmakers were furious at what they saw as a sell-out of the clean Brexit they desire.

He added that plans to create a common rulebook for goods and agrifoods "will make it much more hard to do free trade deals" - a key goal of the Brexit supporters.

Former Cabinet minister and ERG member Priti Patel told City A.M.:"The British people need firm guarantees that when we leave the European Union we will have the freedom to make our own trade deals, and will not be subject to any European Union control or veto".

The proposals also may fall foul of European Union insistence that the U.K can not "cherry pick" the benefits of European Union membership, such as access to the single market, without accepting the responsibilities, including free movement.

Many people now see a General Election as an increasingly likely result of these resignations, but that would need a leadership challenge before that.

Juncker's chief spokesman said the departure of Davis posed no problem, saying the European Union was ready to talk "24/7". That will end after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc in March.

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Mrs May was warned she faced "guerilla warfare" from Tory MPs angry at concessions that prompted Boris Johnson to warn the Brexit "dream is dying".

Boris's resignation letter is scathing.

He said the British position is now "a basis for a real negotiation now and what we haven't had for many months is a clear negotiating position".

The man leading the UK's negotiating team, David Davis, resigned late on Sunday night, saying that he did not agree with the UK's proposals, so was the wrong person to be going into negotiations with them.

Senior Tory backbencher Sir Bernard Jenkin said: "These four amendments reflect existing Government policy, and we hope they will be welcomed by the Government".

She earlier faced her critics at a packed meeting of backbench Conservative MPs, many of whom share Mr Johnson's concerns about her Brexit stance.

He had reportedly threatened to quit several times as they moved towards closer ties with the European Union after Brexit.

May will seek to put the diplomatic tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

But the ex-MSP said the PM is the "best person to deliver Brexit", adding he had not considered writing a letter calling for a vote of no confidence.

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