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10 July 2018, 08:25 | Erica Roy
Boris Johnson resigns from Theresa May Cabinet; foreign secretary quits over British PM's handling of Brexit
The resignation of her foreign and Brexit ministers follows last Friday's closed door retreat at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, where she chose in favor of a deal that keeps trade flowing with the continent and the border open with Ireland.
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. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt". Britain is due to leave the European Union in nine months, and its governing party is still arguing about what kind of relationship it wants with the bloc afterward.
The crisis swirling around the United Kingdom government and Brexit talks right now has been touted by some factions as a result of prime minister Theresa May's weak leadership. But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he didn't think she would face a leadership challenge. "I can´t see more ministers resigning", Simon Usherwood, politics lecturer at the University of Surrey, told AFP.
Johnson and Davis are two of the most prominent proponents of a so-called "hard Brexit", or a clean break with the EU.
"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister", Davis said.
May´s Conservative opponents could trigger a confidence vote against her if at least 48 MPs support it, but to actually force her from office 159 MPs would have to vote against her - a figure hardliners may not be able to reach.
Although it has caused a headache, May was quick to capitalize on the fact that two of her biggest problems extricated themselves from her inner circle; she ceremoniously replaced Davis and Johnson with more amiable substitutes.
"I had with David Davis a frank and cordial relationship, and now I will work next Monday with this negotatior appointed by Mrs May", Mr Barnier told AFP.
Brexit negotiator David Davis suddenly stepped down Monday after failing to secure key concessions from European Union member states after the UK's withdrawal.
"Now there is chaos", the paper said in its editorial.
May has hung on to power longer than many expected after she lost her majority in a June 2017 snap election that she had called in hopes of strengthening her hand in Brexit talks.
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