Setting out vision for future ties, May presses Brexit plans

Irving Hamilton
July 12, 2018

The comments will pile further pressure on Downing Street as May prepares to meet the United States president for his first visit to Britain, in a week when Johnson quit the government in protest at her Brexit strategy, along with the Brexit secretary, David Davis.

On the fact that Raab's new role has been downgraded to focus on domestic issues, rather than Brussels-facing negotiations, Jackson said it was "all part of the plan" under May's chief Europe adviser Olly Robbins, who had also "blocked the publication of the white paper from at least March because 1) they'd lose policy control and 2) Ipso facto it's contents might not be the Hotel California Brexit they delivered at Chequers".

He added that Boris Johnson was "a great friend to Australia" and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in particular had a good relationship with him.

May's spokesman said it was positive for the United Kingdom that the former foreign secretary had a good relationship with the president. "I know [new foreign secretary] Jeremy Hunt is looking forward to forging his own relationships with his U.S. counterparts".

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in his letter to May on Monday.

May is holding a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday, following a forced reshuffle in the aftermath of the resignations.

In her resignation letter, Caulfield warned that May's policy "may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

"This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party", said the Lewes MP.

The leading Eurosceptic, and chairman for the European Research Group, has been voicing his concerns of the deal that was agreed by Cabinet ministers at Chequers on Friday.

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'If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10'.

Reports suggested the Prime Minister would face a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Unnamed Brexiteers were quoted in the press as saying the PM should brace herself for "guerrilla war" to kill off her deal, with Eurosceptic Tories withholding their support in the Commons.

With less than nine months to go, it is a long-delayed decision and has not been without its consequences - Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned within hours of each other over a plan they said they could not defend.

Global trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

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

Gove told British television station ITV he was "absolutely not" planning to resign.

Asked at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels yesterday if she expected more resignations from the government, Mrs May insisted that her plan delivered on the Brexit "red lines" she has set out.

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