Brexit: Foreign Secretary quits adding pressure on PM May

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Boris Johnson has resigned as UK Foreign Secretary amid a growing political crisis over the UK's Brexit strategy, the BBC reported a short while ago.

He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary David Davis's exit.

His departure came shortly before Theresa May began addressing Parliament about her new Brexit plan, which has angered many Conservative MPs.

She said she did not agree with the two ex-ministers about "the best way to honour" the result of the 2016 vote.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Johnson's exit had turned an "embarrassing and difficult situation for the PM into potentially a full-blown crisis".

She said he was not any ordinary cabinet minister but was the "face" of the Leave campaign during the 2016 referendum and his departure would fuel speculation about a leadership challenge.

She said she had been told by a source that either Theresa May "dumps" the plan signed off at Chequers or "another minister will go, then another, then another and then another".

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU afterwards.

Theresa May only has a majority in Parliament with the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote. There have also been renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mrs May paid tribute to Mr Johnson's "passion" in championing a global Britain after Brexit and Mr Davis' work in steering through key Brexit legislation.

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

PM May warned that if the EU did not engage with her plan, there was a "serious risk" of the UK leaving in March 2019 without a deal in a "disorderly" manner.

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  • Tronald Dump Monday, 09 July 2018 09:19 PM

    Expect more resignations. Leadership challenge in August and General Elections before the New Year.

    vithura Monday, 09 July 2018 09:38 PM

    Proves that a clown is not fit for the office of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs. Mrs May's mistake was to have kept him in cabinet this long without sacking him despite his sniping and sneering!,

    Bala Monday, 09 July 2018 10:29 PM

    At least he resigned from his cabinet ministership when he disagreed . Here we cling on like blistering barnacles and criticise from within.

    Shun Monday, 09 July 2018 10:56 PM

    You do not understand how the politics work in the Western world.

    Dee Monday, 09 July 2018 10:17 PM

    Most of the 'immigrants' who received citizen status recently, including Sri Lankans voted in favour fearing their jobs over more competent and efficient fresh inflow of immigrants. No wonder, their relatives back here are so scared of ECTA.

    Mandayan Monday, 09 July 2018 11:07 PM

    Who gave you that idea? Almost all immigrants wanted to remain!!

    Selvendran Monday, 09 July 2018 10:30 PM

    Darling, women are not cut out to handle power. They are good as School Teachets and Babysitters but not as Prime Ministers or Presidents. Angela Merkel is an exception. Mrs May is totally out of her depth,she would be gone very soon,probably replaced by Boris.

    Stan Monday, 09 July 2018 11:54 PM

    I don't think. Sirimavo and Chandriika did a good job


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