Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Moment of Truth for Brexit

Moment of Truth for Brexit

His resignation comes shortly after David Davis, who served as the secretary for the Britain's exit from the European Union, stepped down from his post.

British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in her heels today after the resignation of two top government ministers over Brexit negotiations whipped up a storm that threatened to topple her fragile minority government.

The escalating crisis is casting new doubt on May's political future, with Brexit proponents saying her "soft" plan would force the United Kingdom into the worst of all positions; remaining locked in the union's open border scheme without any voting power.

May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. Mr Davis was praised last night by Tory MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said he would oppose Mrs May's Brexit proposals.

Mrs May however appears to have lived to fight another day, with no vote of no confidence tabled by her MPs.

Mr Johnson does not pull any punches, saying Brexit "should be about opportunity and hope" and a "chance to do things differently", but "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

"It is the right Brexit deal for the people".

The Times reports Johnson's "scathing" attack on May in which he accused her of raising the white flag to Brussels and transforming Britain into a "colony" of the EU.

Downing Street confirmed on Monday morning that the PM has appointed 44-year-old housing minister Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary following Davis' resignation on Sunday evening.

Mrs May surprised many by appointing him to the Foreign Office, a position he has frequently used to forge a distinctive position on Brexit, including by setting out his own "red lines" just days before the PM's crucial speech to Conservative conference past year.

If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government.

But she told MPs: "We do not agree on the best way to deliver our shared commitments to honour the result of the referendum".

Mr Johnson said Britain was destined for a "semi Brexit" if the blueprint agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday is delivered.

May said that was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

So at the previous Chequers session we thrashed out an elaborate procedure for divergence from European Union rules. "This mess is all of the Prime Ministers own making", opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told lawmakers.

She said: 'I am sorry - and a little surprised - to receive it [resignation letter] after the productive discussions we had at Chequers on Friday, and the comprehensive and detailed proposal which we agreed as a Cabinet'.

The UK and the European Union have been negotiating Brexit terms for more than a year now and have been hoping to agree broad aims for their future relationship in October. This sets up an overdue moment of truth for the Tory Brexiters. "In my view the inevitable outcome of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real".

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