May presses on with Brexit plan after high-profile resignations

May presses on with Brexit plan after high-profile resignations

Johnson's decision is a hammer blow to the prime minister just days after she received the formal backing of her Cabinet for a controversial new Brexit plan that would tie the U.K.to European Union rules and regulations on goods and agricultural products in perpetuity after Brexit.

Mr Trump said he had given the PM a suggestion about how to come out on top in the talks but "she found it maybe too brutal".

"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.

The trans-Atlantic relationship has had some awkward moments since Trump's election.

Donald Trump apologised to Theresa May over an incendiary interview criticising her premiership, and hailed UK-US relations as the "highest level of special". "I've always liked him".

He was enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him "a friend of mine".

"I had with David Davis a frank and cordial relationship, and now I will work next Monday with this negotiator appointed by Mrs".

Neither did he weigh in on Johnson's pronouncement in his resignation letter that the Brexit "dream is dying" and that Britain was headed for the "status of colony" of the European Union under May's leadership.

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The staunchly pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Andrea Jenkyns tweeted: "Fantastic news".

Allies said Johnson had been finalising his resignation letter, but Downing Street announced his departure before he had completed it.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 per cent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

But former Conservative leader William Hague, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said May's critics had failed to produce "any credible alternative proposal" and warned that further resignations could put Brexit itself "at risk". Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister, resigned along with Davis. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Sunday that it did not contain everything he wanted but "I'm a realist".

"They'll keep going, one by one, until she either junks Chequers or goes", the MP was quoted as saying.

Pro-Europeans want to retain close economic ties with the bloc and its market of 500 million people, while some Brexit supporters want a clean break to make it possible to strike new trade deals around the world.

As a result, she said, the Cabinet agreed Friday to step up preparations for such an outcome, although she acknowledged that a sudden, hard exit without any agreements on trade, customs or migration "would have profound consequences for both the United Kingdom and the European Union", and should be avoided.

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