UK: Tory vice chairs quit over May's Brexit plan

11 Julio, 2018, 09:33 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • David Davis quits as Brexit Secretary leaving Theresa May facing a crisis

Boris Johnson has resigned as British foreign secretary, and the sporting world has been quick to poke fun at the Conservative Party politician, especially after his derogatory remarks about the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

In practical terms, this means Mrs May losing the support of her Democratic Unionist Party allies or a sizeable number of Eurosceptic Tories - both groups with reason to fear a loss of influence in a new Parliament.

Inside, the paper sets out the possible scenarios: a fightback from May, a Conservative leadership challenge from Boris Johnson or a general election which could see Labour take power.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

In his letter of resignation, he described her readiness to accept a "common rulebook" with the European Union in trade on goods and her proposal of "impractical and undeliverable customs arrangements" as being like "sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

A handful of lawmakers who want a clean break from the European Union said privately they had submitted letters calling for a vote of confidence in May, though hadn't met the threshold of 48 needed to trigger such a ballot.

Asked if Brexiteers needed to put the PM's future to a vote of the Conservative Party, he replied "it may well come to that".

In the run-up to the referendum, the Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings referred to the small army of ardent Brexiters on the Tory backbenches as the "flying monkeys" - willing to defy their leader and the whips and unleash political chaos in the name of Brexit.

In recent weeks, junior ministers Phillip Lee and Greg Hands have also resigned in order to vote against government - the former over Brexit, the latter over Heathrow.

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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. On Tuesday, two more lawmakers followed them out the door.

Two parliamentary private secretaries - MPs who act as assistants to ministers - also quit their posts. Following her statement, she went to a private meeting of the Conservative Party's 1922 Committee, where she was cheered warmly on arrival and when she left.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said: "Theresa May's Government is in meltdown". They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

Some enthusiastic Brexiteers believe a no-deal solution would free the United Kingdom to forge new trade agreements around the world under WTO rules.

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

However, some are already calling for May's head. They are ones that want to see a "hard Brexit"-Britain crashing out of the EU's single market so long as it can control its borders. This has got to be killed and it's got to be killed before recess".

Nadine Dorries, the outspoken Bedfordshire MP, said: "I think that we in this room, while being reasonable, need to feel some steel in our spines. They will not prepare for "no deal".

The British government is due to publish a detailed version of its plans on Thursday.

Having made it to the final two candidates following the resignation of David Cameron two years ago, Leadsom was forced to pull out of the race after suggesting she would make a better leader than May because she is a mother.

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