Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Johnson and Davis resignations 'matters for Theresa May'

Johnson and Davis resignations 'matters for Theresa May'

Now, Downing Street believes that the hot water the prime minister is in today will shock European Union leaders into realising they need to start compromising themselves - not just perpetually demanding capitulations on the UK's red lines.

"May is fighting for her survival", Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a research note.

Mrs May however appears to have lived to fight another day, with no vote of no confidence tabled by her MPs.

"But the popular will, as manifested in surveys of public opinion, suggest that at present about 70 percent of the public judge that the Government is handling the Brexit negotiations badly, and it's been on a declining trend pretty much for the past year".

The pound pared losses amid fading concerns that the resignations will immediately push May to a confidence vote.

But don't worry: His real resignation letter was just more subtle with the clues. Instead, it underscored the intractability of the issue for a country stymied by infighting as the rest of the continent looks on.

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The campaign is fighting to give the public the final say on Brexit, a deal that is "too big to be ignored by the people".

"Brexit's contradictions can't be resolved by a Cabinet riven with splits or Parliament with parties divided on this issue".

At the very least, these latest resignations suggest the number of MPs willing to vote against the Chequers deal is growing, increasing the need for May to call on Labour backing for it.

Mr Johnson wrote: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope". "So whoever is leader can't simply say: 'this is what we are going to do.' That is impossible". May replied that wouldn't be possible because of the requirements of membership, including free movement of people across borders.

But ministerial aide Chris Green resigned his position as a parliamentary private secretary to the Department for Transport after the meeting, saying in a letter to Mrs May that she had confirmed his fears that "we would not really leave the EU" under her proposals.

The British Pound has rallied after tumbling Monday on news of the resignations of two senior United Kingdom government ministers over Brexit, and that bounce could well continue as the chances of a leadership challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May diminish.

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In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 percent, backed leaving the European Union, while 16.1 million voters, or 48.1 percent, backed staying.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means the heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

May's response was caustic. "How can we miss a man who was never here?", one European Union source commented to me. In addition to the prime minister's office, the three most critical cabinet positions - Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Home Office - are safely in the hands of those who voted to remain in the EU.

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. 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.

"I'd have to do something I didn't believe in", he told the BBC.

There were different estimates for how many were at the meeting, ranging from 20 to 30 to, according to one person, more than 80.

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