Dominic Raab urged to highlight importance of agriculture in Brexit talks

Dominic Raab urged to highlight importance of agriculture in Brexit talks

Meeting Conservative lawmakers on Monday, May was cheered and applauded by many, having warned that squabbling could pave the way for socialist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to take power.

Asked if the prime minister could survive.

Mr Davis was the first to go, followed by Mr Baker, with Mr Johnson resigning in the afternoon, then Mr Green, and then finally Mr Burns.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said.

Johnson had been due to host a summit about the western Balkans on Monday afternoon but was instead holed up in his official residence with close advisers, considering his position.

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

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

But the ERG does have enough members to trigger a no-confidence vote if it decides it is the best - or the only - way of trying to force the prime minister's hand and persuade her to drop the painstakingly constructed Chequers compromise.

But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think she would face a leadership challenge.

European Union leaders give the go-ahead for the next stage of Brexit talks, including on how Britain will continue to trade with the bloc after the split. The bad news is that it is still an exit from the EU.

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He said: "Robbins et al blocked the publication of the White Paper from at least March because 1) they'd lose policy control and 2) Ipso facto it's [sic] contents might not be the Hotel California Brexit they delivered at Chequers".

"Of course I want to have an agreement as soon as possible but I am not going to make concessions in order to get an agreement as soon as possible", he said.

"The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and I find they stick in the throat".

His appointment means the four great offices of state - prime minister, chancellor, foreign secretary, and home secretary - are all held by ministers who voted to stay in the EU.

But May's sense that she had faced down the rebels and weathered the storm is likely to have been shaken by Tuesday's resignations - which took the total number of departures since Chequers to seven - and she will be anxious about what the flying monkeys will unleash next.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has welcomed the decision to appoint Dominic Raab as the new Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). Baker was replaced by Chris Heaton-Harris, another Brexiter, who sparked controversy past year after asking universities to supply details of their teaching on the EU.

Britain voted for Brexit in June 2016, but May has so far been unable to present a common position to Brussels on what she wants because of deep divisions in her government.

A senior Brussels source insisted they were unruffled by Davis's resignation, dismissing it as "UK politics".

In response, May said she was looking forward to meeting Trump when he arrives on Thursday: "We'll be talking positively about how we can continue to work together in our special relationship".

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