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BREXIT BREAKDOWN: UK Foreign Minister QUITS, Theresa May Facing REVOLT

BREXIT BREAKDOWN: UK Foreign Minister QUITS, Theresa May Facing REVOLT

If she chose to fight, she would need the support of more than 50% of Conservative MPs - now 159 - in the confidence vote to stay in office.

May must now quickly seek European Union support for her proposal.

"Nine ministers have now resigned from the two key Brexit departments since Article 50 was triggered".

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honouring the result of the referendum" in which United Kingdom voters opted to leave the EU.

Conservative MPs will then hold a series of ballots to whittle the list of contenders down to two, with the last place candidate dropping out in each round.

"In my view the inevitable effect of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real". But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he didn't think she would face a leadership challenge.

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal wrangling to agree.

Johnson's departure came a day after David Davis, the British minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, also stepped down in protest of May's new Brexit strategy that pointed to a more "business-friendly" deal with the EU.

Will the resignations weaken or strengthen her hand?




The prime minister's official spokesman said she would fight any attempt to oust her as prime minister if the required 48 Tory MPs called for a contest.

Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former housing minister, was appointed to replace Davis only days before negotiations in Brussels are due to resume next week.

In his resignation letter, Johnson harshly criticised the government's approach to Brexit: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

Britain and the European Union hope to reach broad agreement by October so the national parliaments of the remaining countries can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. "This is the right Brexit", she said.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit.

"I have no idea, Sir Graham Brady has made it very clear that he will not give anybody any indication of how many letters he has received", he said.

While the Irish government dismissed the resignations as important, saying they would continue to negotiate with Mrs May herself, Mr Coveney's comments will merely add to Mrs May's growing Brexit headache.

"In a vote of confidence in the House of Commons I would support the Prime Minister that's because I don't want to have another General Election, there isn't a vote of confidence in either case at the moment, I don't think many people want another election, we only had one a year ago".

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