Britain's Brexit minister steps down in blow to May


The US President has declined to offer support to the embattled Prime Minister after five MPs, including leading Brexiteers Johnson and David Davis, quit their roles in protest of her plan for leaving the EU.

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in a scathing resignation letter that was echoed in headlines in a number of Britain's national newspapers. He attacks May's plans in terms that, one imagines, were sharpened after No10 purposefully made a statement about his resignation before he had published his own.

Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.

The final two then go to a postal ballot of all party members, with the position of leader, and in this instance prime minister, going to the victor.

Mr Trump is due to hold talks with Mrs May at her country retreat of Chequers during his working visit, as well as meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans.

"This is not a betrayal", she responded to one of several eurosceptic Conservative MPs who complained, insisting it was "the right Brexit deal for Britain".

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

Leo Varadkar said his government would not be in a position to give a detailed response until after the publication of the UK's Brexit White Paper.

Asked Tuesday whether May should be replaced as prime minister, Trump said it was "up to the people, not up to me."I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship", he said".

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Johnson, who wrote in his resignation letter that the Brexit "dream is dying" and that Britain was headed for the "status of colony" under May's leadership, is seen as a potential challenger.

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.

Mr Redwood, who remains an MP, said that he had not sent a letter to try to oust Mrs May but has called for changes to her plan which would lead to a cleaner break from the European Union.

The controversy didn't stop Mr Johnson from publicly slamming the government's Brexit approach again months later.

Mr Johnson left the foreign secretary's official residence at Carlton Gardens, central London, late in the evening, accompanied by his wife Marina Wheeler, and without speaking to waiting reporters.

"My personal opinion is that she has strengthened herself quite a bit", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from London.

May was thought to have united her Cabinet last week over the Chequers plan, which would see the U.K. leave the single market but follow a "common rule book" for trade with the EU.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the cabinet ministers had "jumped the sinking ship".

But May said talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, EU President Donald Tusk and other EU leaders at the weekend suggested her plan "can ensure that we move the negotiations on".

Two Brexit disruptors, two very different resignations.