Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

May's Government in chaos as Johnson and Davis quit over Brexit plan

May's Government in chaos as Johnson and Davis quit over Brexit plan

Earlier Mrs May's spokesman signalled that the prime minister would not back down over her agreed negotiating stance, saying Mrs May would now focus on moving the Brexit negotiations forward - a step European Union officials and businesses have long called for.

Speaking alongside the German chancellor at a news conference in London, May rejected the charge that she had caved in to pressure from Brussels to keep strong ties with the bloc. "It's imperative we do Brexit right, no half measures!"

In her response, Mrs May said that "I do not agree with your characterisation of the policy we agreed at cabinet on Friday".

Although May looked to have avoided a direct challenge to her leadership, there were more signs that all was not well. He declared Britain to be "in turmoil".

The Head of Consumer Research for the parcel export experts ParcelHero, David Jinks MILT, says: 'While staying in the Customs Union would have been the best result for exporters apprehensive about new tariffs and red tape sending a parcel between the United Kingdom and EU; Theresa May's compromise deal at Chequers at least proposed a free trade area for industrial goods and a very promising sounding "combined customs territory".

With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit, facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free trade area for goods" with the EU.

The prime minister is facing an angry backlash from Brexit-supporting MPs when she addresses the House of Commons on Monday, before a meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, in an attempt to get them behind the plans.

However, their main effect will be to reveal the extent of the unhappiness within May's party.

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Boris Johnson, a leading critic of the plans, spent several minutes at the Chequers summit spelling out his concerns, saying anybody defending the deal would be "polishing a turd" if they tried then to sell it to the party and the public.

But as the government finally announces its negotiating stance, which is widely seen as a less radical departure than businesses and pro-EU campaigners had feared, the focus will be on Brexit supporters.

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"Never have so many campaigned for so long and so hard for so little", he told Reuters.

Many eurosceptics accused her of siding with the "Remainers" in her cabinet - those who voted to stay in the European Union and have been lobbying for a Brexit that would preserve the complicated supply chains used by many of Britain's biggest companies.

The long-awaited document proposes keeping Britain and the European Union in a free market for goods, with a more distant relationship for services. "That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Andrea Jenkyns, an MP who quit a government post over Brexit, said it was "fantastic news".

The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, said there had been "blunder after blunder" by May.

"[Under the agreement set out] we will be a rule-taker, we will not be able to make the trade deals we hoped for".

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