Britain's opposition Labour Party takes poll lead amid May's Brexit crisis

Saul Bowman
July 13, 2018

Davis resigned late Sunday, saying May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union gave "too much away, too easily".

Boris Johnson and David Davis resigned in protest, claiming that the plans betray the 2016 referendum vote. He added that Britain was "headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantage of that particular arrangement".

"I think you have to give all the protagonists, whether it's the president or the prime minister, a little bit of leeway here". Trump isn't expected to directly address Brexit, nor were he and Johnson scheduled to meet.

"The Government now has a song to sing".

"I never thought I would say that again, but the government's sell-out leaves me with no choice". Both fiercely criticised her negotiating stance.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads the European Research Group of Tory MPs, said the amendment would "put into law the government's often stated position that Northern Ireland should be treated the same way as the rest of the country", and "ensure reciprocity of customs collection, and treating the United Kingdom and EU as equals".

May met with Conservative lawmakers in a packed room at Parliament, in a bid to calm the feverish atmosphere in the deeply divided party.

The British leader may have stilled the waters over a possible leadership contest, but some Conservative Brexit supporters are still incensed over what they see as her decision to break her promise for a clean break with the EU. We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities'. As we developed our policy on Brexit, I have allowed Cabinet colleagues considerable latitude to express their individual views.

On Monday night, while addressing her backbenchers, May said without their support, Corbyn could run the country as prime minister.

Government unity began to fray within hours.

Soon after his appointment, Hunt said he would be standing "four square" behind the prime minister "so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers".

In her resignation letter, Caulfield warned that May's policy "may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

Another two Conservative MPs have just resigned from their roles over Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

It followed a cabinet meeting at Chequers to get an agreement on the UK's future relationship with the EU. Working out how to keep the now invisible border free of tariffs and customs checks has been a major stumbling block in negotiations.

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans.

A 98-page report setting out the Government's demands to Brussels would mean European Union workers will still be allowed rights to travel to Britain temporarily.

A second - supported by the Democratic Unionist Party, former minister Owen Paterson and Labour MP Kate Hoey - would force the government to commit itself in law to avoid a customs border down the Irish Sea.

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