How do Johnson and Davis’ resignations affect the Prime Minister?

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How do Johnson and Davis’ resignations affect the Prime Minister?

Johnson's departure came a day after David Davis, the British minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, also stepped down in protest of May's new Brexit strategy that pointed to a more "business-friendly" deal with the EU.

His resignation this afternoon from the Foreign Office, in response to May's Soft Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, and following the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis last night, ends a period of political prevarication we haven't seen since Boris Johnson couldn't make up his mind about whether to back Leave or Remain at the European Union referendum.

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.

Mrs May said she had "full confidence" in the then-foreign secretary, despite his suggestion that the U.S. president Donald Trump could do a better job of negotiating Brexit than the United Kingdom government.

Johnson spoke for angry Conservative Brexit-backers in his resignation letter to May when he complained that voters weren't going to get the things he'd promised them when he campaigned to leave the EU. Bradley called on May to "deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name".

Merkel welcomed the fact that Britain had formulated a position to take into stalled negotiations with the EU.

Nadine Dorries, the outspoken Bedfordshire MP, said: "I think that we in this room, while being reasonable, need to feel some steel in our spines".

May's proposals for a "common rulebook" on goods "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU", he said.

Even so, when May appeared in parliament on Monday afternoon, she didn't look like a woman who was facing an existential crisis.

Addressing Parliament on Monday, May told MPs that she and the two ministers were at odds over "the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum".

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing figure who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

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

"May is fighting for her survival", Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a research note.

Environment Secretary Gove's reputation was left "in tatters" after running for the leadership against his supposed ally Boris Johnson in 2016, says The Guardian, and he has kept a relatively low profile in recent months.

"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with Russian Federation was rather modest, to put it mildly", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Matt Hancock replaced Hunt as health secretary, while Attorney General Jeremy Wright was appointed as minister of digital culture, media and sport, Hancock's old job.

The appointment of Raab, a leading Brexit supporter, and the decision of some eurosceptic ministers to stay suggest Tory Brexiteers are divided.

Hunt said it was a moment to show that Britain remained a "strong, confident voice in the world".

"In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement", he said.

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal government wrangling to agree.

Fianna Fail's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers said the double resignation was of "grave concern" but urged the British Government to continue with its plan to publish the white paper this week.

After the cabinet meeting, May tweeted that she was "looking ahead to a busy week".

In her resignation letter she echoed the words of Sir Michael, saying her actions "fell below the high standards" expected.

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