UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns amid Cabinet's deep divisions over Brexit


"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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May moved to reassert her authority on Tuesday after two top cabinet members quit and launched broadsides against her Brexit plans, winning support from many of her ministers including a leading eurosceptic.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing figure who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister. Inside, the paper's report says May finds herself in a "serious crisis" caused by her "inability" to manage an orderly Brexit.

Therefore, in the interests of our country and the future of the Conservative Party, I feel the time has come for a new leader and so I am writing this letter to inform you that I have no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, said anyone considering a leadership challenge should think again.

They were announced less than an hour before May was due to face the press alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an global summit in London.

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"What we need to see in Britain negotiating in an intensive way with the European Union so we can start answering the questions that so many people are asking around the uncertainties of Brexit and what this will mean in the future".

But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum". "It's a good thing that we have proposals on the table".

"I don't see them pulling the plug on her", Polly Mackenzie, director of cross-party think-tank Demos, told AFP.

"I think they needed to test this on somebody going a bit faster", he told onlookers.

There has been an astonishing lack of clarity in her approach to the issue, to the point where she has failed miserably in what appears to have been a contrived attempt to please everyone at the same time.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit his post on Monday (9 July), following the earlier resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, putting the government in a tight spot with less than nine months left to complete the complex Brexit negotiations. "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine", added Mr Trump as he prepared to leave for Europe which would take in four days in the UK.

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"I am listening to what the Prime Minister will say and I have a lot of sympathy with her".

In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said that, under her leadership, the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit", with the dream of an outward-looking global Britain "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with Russian Federation was rather modest, to put it mildly", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"What I want to say to them is Britain is going to be a dependable ally, a country that stands up for the values that matter to the people of this country, and will be a strong confident voice in the world", BBC quoted him as saying.

May announced on Friday that her warring Cabinet had finally agreed to a plan to follow European Union rules for trade in goods, raising hopes that long-stalled talks with the bloc could progress.

Everything she said, "Brexit means Brexit", "we must leave the customs union", she has given away.

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On top of that, the terms of the soft Brexit advanced by May would make any negotiations hard, he said, pointing to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.