Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary

Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 18:28

Many pro-Brexit lawmakers were furious at what they saw as a sell-out of the clean Brexit they desire.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt replaced Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and she picked Brexit supporter Dominic Raab to replace Brexit Secretary David Davis. "That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", he wrote.

Mr Barnier refused to comment on the spate of resignations which wreaked havoc to on Monday, throwing the Prime Minister's Cabinet into turmoil. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.

J.K. Rowling, who has been known to make her feelings about Brexit pretty clear in the past, waded in on Monday.

But it soon began to unravel when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more. He said it involved too close a relationship with the European Union and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the United Kingdom after it left the bloc.

"I would be surprised if one [a leadership contest] is precipitated and if there is, I suspect she'd win it", he said.

May, having finally signalled her vision for Brexit, spent two hours in parliament defiantly defending the plans and called for Brussels to engage fully or risk the damaging prospect of Britain leaving the bloc with no deal in place.

The value of the British pound dropped on worldwide markets after Johnson's announcement, having risen after the announcement Friday that a Cabinet deal on Brexit had been agreed.

Tory MPs can trigger a vote of no confidence if 48 of them submit letters to the 1922 backbencher committee, chaired by Sir Graham Brady.

In her statement to Parliament, May attempted to give an impression of business as usual, saying she would present a detailed paper onThursday on the government's negotiating position for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

May said the plan would deliver frictionless trade with Europe and was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

Blaming the resigning Brexiteers for the chaos, Mr Tusk said: "Politicians come and go, while the problems they have created for their people remain".

It started on Sunday night, when Brexit Secretary David Davis - ie. the man specifically appointed to ensure a smooth Brexit - chose to Brexit himself out of the actual government.