Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

The developments have triggered speculation that May could face an imminent leadership contest.

May was forced to reshuffle her cabinet after Boris Johnson put in his papers on Monday.

Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the Prime Minister".

Mr Johnson resigned on Monday as the fallout from May's Brexit plans continued. While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed "Remain" during the 2016 referendum campaign.

In his letter to the prime minister explaining his decision, Mr Davis said he felt it was "less and less likely" that Britain would leave the customs union and the single market, articles of faith for Brexiteers.

Caulfield said in her resignation letter that "I cannot support the direction of travel in the Brexit negotiations, which in my view do not fully embrace the opportunities that Brexit can provide".

Attorney General Jeremy Wright was appointed to replace Hancock as the culture secretary, with Geoffrey Cox becoming the new attorney general.

The resignations of two of the big beasts of Brexit - David Davis MP and Boris Johnson MP - this week has triggered another reshuffle at the top ranks of United Kingdom government; RIBA architects mull what the changes could mean for their profession. "We negotiate with the negotiators", he said.

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Amendments striking at the heart of the Chequers scheme are being supported by leading Brexiteers including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Bernard Jenkin and Owen Paterson.

And the former adviser to Mr Davis, Stewart Jackson, claimed there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department and that Downing Street had blocked his reappointment under new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

The new Secretary of State for exiting the European Union might also prove useful in a Brexit scrap with Brussels: He holds a black belt third Dan in karate and is a regular boxer. They also are in a minority in parliament to try to change any deal that is agreed with the EU.

There appears to be no immediate challenge to Ms May's leadership, as the Brexit hardliners simply do not have the numbers, and her Conservative Party seems set to weather this storm, despite deep divisions on the issue.

The former Tory leader said it was all very well to be a "romantic" and insist on cutting ties entirely, but it was 'of no practical use to the country'. "The latest Brexit betrayal must be reversed", he was quoted as saying by The Independent.

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland", she added.

He said that he felt he had to resign as he had no desire to be a "reluctant conscript" in the selling the prime minister's deal in negotiations with the EU. Corbyn, addressing May in parliament, said her government should be ended if it was incapable of governing.

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