Opposition to May's Brexit plan grows as Tory vice-chairs quit

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

In a further blow, President Trump said that he wanted to speak to his "friend" Boris Johnson during his three-day visit, which starts tomorrow.

Both have warned they will lose their seats unless the Tories deliver Brexit.

Maria Caulfield, who was first elected in 2015 and backed the Leave campaign, told Prime Minister Theresa May in a letter she could not support the direction of travel in the Brexit negotiations.

She added: "The policy may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

It led to a minor Cabinet reshuffle, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt taking over as foreign secretary and Matt Hancock taking over health.

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New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab chaired a meeting with business leaders to discuss the Chequers plan, which would see the United Kingdom agree to follow a "common rulebook" on trade with the European Union in goods but accept restricted access for services.

It comes as federal minister Christopher Pyne reassured the United Kingdom that Australia will have a good relationship with the country's new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt following Boris Johnson's resignation.

Addressing the backbench 1922 Committee, the Prime Minister said the alternative to the party coming together could be a left wing Labour administration.

That was despite the likes of Mr Johnson and Mr Davis privately expressing their reservations about the prime minister's strategy.

Ministers also stepped up preparations for a "no deal" on Brexit as Brussels will be reluctant to consider any plan which would risk splitting the single market.

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