Boris Johnson resignation letter on Brexit: 'That dream is dying'


The prime minister chaired the first meeting of the cabinet since foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis quit in protest over her Brexit plans agreed last week.

Mrs May heard Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Peter Bone tell how activists in his Wellingborough constituency refused to campaign at the weekend because they felt "betrayed" by the Chequers accord.

According to the proposals agreed upon by the British government on Friday, the United Kingdom and the European Union ahead of Brexit would maintain "a common rule book for industrial goods and agricultural products", and London would commit to "ongoing harmonization" with European Union rules on goods to ensure frictionless trade at ports and the border with Ireland.

The Guardian reported that Johnson became the third minister in 24 hours to walk out of the government rather than back Theresa May's plans for a soft Brexit.

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one", he said.

In his resignation letter to May, Davis said the policy "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

France's Le Figaro leads with Mrs May's crisis, saying she has been "destabilised by a revolt by the pro-Brexiters".

On Monday, her office attempted to woo lawmakers from the opposition Labour Party, a move that outraged dissident Conservatives, who are prepared to vote to block her plan if it comes to the House of Commons unchanged later in the year. Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".

Davis himself expressed regret that Johnson had quit, and said it would be "wrong" for his departure to trigger a major rebellion.

And of course, the Twitterati had their own meme and gif tributes to the shock exit, some supporting the opinions of Collymore that the incident is nothing more than an excuse for a good old jolly-up while watching the foootball.

The Irish prime minister (taoiseach) has described the Brexit statement made by the United Kingdom government at Chequers over the weekend as welcome.

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She paid tribute to Mr Johnson's "passion" in championing a global Britain after Brexit and Mr Davis' work in steering through key Brexit legislation.

The former minister also sent a clear message for those itching for a second Brexit referendum, saying they lacked a necessary understanding of the situation.

After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson's gaffes did not cease.

However, Mr Barnier warned: "It will be clear, crystal clear at the end of this negotiation that the best situation, the best relationship with the European Union, will be to remain a member".

"I think there will be more give and take but I'm not underestimating the challenges".

While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed "Remain" during the 2016 referendum campaign.

In June this year he urged Mrs May to deliver a "full British Brexit", and not something that was "half-hearted".

Describing the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by "flag-waving piccaninnies", a derogatory term for black children, and then-prime minister Tony Blair being met by "tribal warriors" with "watermelon smiles" while on a trip to the Congo.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May should make way for a Labour administration if her Government can not get its act together quickly.

"For the good of this country and its people, the government needs to get its act together and do it quickly and if it can't, make way for those who can", he said.