UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

And the former adviser to Mr Davis, Stewart Jackson, claimed there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department and that Downing Street had blocked his reappointment under new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to assembled guests, as she hosts a reception to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, at 10 Downing Street, in central London on July 4, 2018.

British Prime Minister Theresa May moved to reassert her authority on Tuesday after two top cabinet members quit and launched broadsides against her Brexit plans, winning support from many of her ministers including a leading eurosceptic.

The resignations rocked May in a week that includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit starting Wednesday and a United Kingdom visit by US President Donald Trump from Thursday.

The trans-Atlantic relationship has had some awkward moments since Trump's election. Last Friday, for the first time, there were signs that May might be putting the country before her party, leaving the impression that the government might be willing to adopt a more sensible approach to Brexit.

She took a step closer to the brink over the past 48 hours with the help of Boris Johnson and a Brexit song he could not sing. Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

After the pro-Brexit politician was the star of the successful Leave campaign, it was expected he would make a bid at becoming prime minister when a humiliated David Cameron stood down.

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"We'll make everything possible".

It is unlikely that Brexit campaigners have the numbers to win a vote of confidence against May, triggering a leadership contest.

"Nor do we expect a leadership challenge".

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics, said Mrs May would have to U-turn on her plans or rely on Labour votes to force them through Parliament. Asked if he was planning to quit, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said "absolutely not".

Like her Conservative predecessors, Theresa May has had the impossible task of balancing the demands of those in her party who want a clean break from the European Union and those who want a close relationship after Brexit. In response to those comments, May's spokesman said that she "looks forward to showing Donald Trump the UK and talking to Donald Trump about the UK and is confident that he will leave the UK with a positive view". Brexit-supporting lawmakers were angered by the proposals, saying they would keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.

In doing so, the Gibraltar Government noted that Mr Johnson and Mr Davis have both been strong supporters of Gibraltar in Government and outside it.

Lord Hague said the proposals agreed at Chequers were "the most that can be achieved within the inevitable and inescapable constraints". The British government is due to publish a detailed version of the plans on Thursday.

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