UK Prime Minister Theresa May fights to stop Cabinet exodus over Brexit

Boris Johnson has criticised British PM Theresa May's plan for retaining strong economic ties to the EU even after Brexit. —AFP  File

Boris Johnson has criticised British PM Theresa May's plan for retaining strong economic ties to the EU even after Brexit. —AFP File

British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls "a principled and practical Brexit", putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party. Paddy Power already see the wolves circling around May, and have been quick with their specials: "Brexit chief David Davis's resignation last night has ramped up Conservative in-fighting, as a revolt seems increasingly likely".

Johnson, a longtime owner of the NFL's New York Jets and a member of the family that founded Johnson & Johnson, said Trump was right to voice concerns at the Belgiun summit.

With precious little time left - October's EU Summit is the most likely opportunity for a final agreement on the United Kingdom divorce from the bloc and a statement on future relations - May convinced her Cabinet to back her vision of a "soft Brexit" during a marathon all-day summit at Chequers.

But Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, said following European Union rules without being able to alter them risked consigning Britain to the "status of colony", and said it looked like a "semi-Brexit".

Mrs May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

I should think the former Prime Minister of Poland might have some respect for it.

Fox, like Davis and Johnson, was an enthusiastic backer of Britain's decision to leave the European Union but he did not resign over the new approach.

Echoing a comment he made to reporters after the earlier resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, Tusk commented on Twitter: "Politicians come and go but the problems they have created for people remain".

Asked about the balloon, Johnson said: "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and it certainly doesn't express the point of view of the British people I've met". May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered. We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities'.

Mrs May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday evening, raising the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

He has also criticised Downing Street for briefing Labour MPs about its Brexit plans, describing such a development as "a matter of grave concern".

One disgruntled Tory MP even declined an invitation to watch England's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia at 10 Downing Street because of his unhappiness with Mrs May's Brexit plans.

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland", she added.

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