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Brexit issue : United Kingdom faces leadership crisis

Brexit issue : United Kingdom faces leadership crisis Brexit issue : United Kingdom faces leadership crisis
Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 01:06

I thought yesterday that he was entirely out of line with his comment on the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister in the cabinet of British Prime Minister May to protest her betrayal of Brexit.

"There was always going to be a moment in time that was needed for the British Prime Minister to show her authority because she had a very divided cabinet on her approach to Brexit".

All eyes are now on the next move by Brexit hardliners in her centre-right Conservative Party.

The Brexit talks are being closely followed by the Indian government and more than 800 Indian companies based in the United Kingdom with annual revenues of almost £50 billion.

Meanwhile, some Conservative Party Eurosceptics have hit back at Mrs May by tabling amendments to a key Brexit Bill that could kill off her Chequers plan. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.

Asked on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) whether May should be replaced as prime minister, Trump said it was "up to the people, not up to me".

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

"Having said this, we congratulate Kit Malthouse, who we look forward to working with to tackle the various challenges".

Merkel, a key voice in Brussels, said the other 27 European Union members would give a joint response, "but it's good that the proposals are on the table - that much I can say already, without going into details".

In the foreword to the 120-page document, new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will say it is "a vision that respects the result of the referendum and delivers a principled and practical Brexit". I can only regret that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson. He says "I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister".

She said: "We have repeatedly argued, the priority must be to deliver clear and unequivocal answers to the practical, real-world questions businesses face".

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

He said that he felt he had to resign as he had no desire to be a "reluctant conscript" in the selling the prime minister's deal in negotiations with the EU.

The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit.

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

A former Conservative leader has warned Eurosceptics could "endanger everything they're trying to achieve" if they vote down Theresa May's Brexit plans. "If people don't like this proposal, what is their alternative?"