Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Tories in turmoil as Boris and Davis resign over Brexit

Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 10:23

Speaking tonight, Mr Hunt said he would be supporting Mrs May in her efforts to secure a Brexit deal with Brussels. Leading proponents of Brexit called on her to abandon the deal struck with the Cabinet last Friday at Chequers, her country retreat outside London.

After two hours in the Commons defending her plans, the PM faced Tory MPs behind closed doors - with many warning her offer gave too much away.

Earlier, staunch Brexiteer Dominic Raab was named as Mr Davis's replacement as Secretary of State for Leaving the EU.

Iain said: "I've just been handed a note that Boris Johnson has resigned as Foreign Secretary".

During the debate surrounding the issue, Hunt said it would likely be his "last big job in politics".

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

Mrs May said she wanted to recognise the work of the former Brexit Secretary on steering through some of the "most important legislation for generations".

He added: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go".

He said: 'We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting we must accept huge amounts of precisely such European Union law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health - and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In what amounted to a declaration of political war, Johnson said May's vision of a close future relationship with the European Union would confine the United Kingdom to a "status of colony" and amounted merely to a "semi-Brexit".

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said: "Theresa May's Government is in meltdown".

"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister", Davis said.

'The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat'. Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

Previously the health secretary, his lengthy tenure in the department of health was marked by debates over cuts and funding. "This Government can not secure a good deal for Britain".

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the Government. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe - a continent which we will never leave.