May promises orderly Brexit amid more resignations, confidence vote calls


"I have a lot of respect for Boris".

Trump's remarks, made in a bombshell interview with The Sun published Thursday during his first visit to Britain as U.S. president, are an explosive intervention into British politics that seem likely to cause political chaos and imperil the prime minister as she attempts to negotiate Britain's exit from the European Union.

Britain's endless self-inflicted turmoil over Brexit has taken a fresh turn, with Prime Minister Theresa May's new plan for a post-Brexit trade agreement and the resignations of key ministers from her government.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics, said Mrs May would have to U-turn on her plans or rely on Labour votes to force them through Parliament.

Johnson reportedly compared the promotion of the plan to "polishing a turd".

Ms Bishop declined to comment when asked if she thought Mr Johnson would be a good prime minister.

On Friday, Johnson was praising May for being able to reach a decision on Brexit but just two days later he submitted his resignation. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the United Kingdom as an open, outward-looking global economy.

"That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", Johnson wrote of the government's new approach.

With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit, facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free trade area for goods" with the EU.

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In between, he will be in Britain, with a black tie dinner hosted by May on Thursday and a working visit with the prime minister on Friday.

May went ahead with publishing the 98-page "white paper" despite the resignation of two pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers and a growing rebellion from within her own party.

He added: "All this stuff about a soft Brexit or a hard Brexit - there is only exit". But people like political communications expert Kevin Craig believe his departure - and that of David Davis - could strengthen the Prime Minister's outlook.

With nine months before Britain leaves and just over three before the European Union says it wants a deal, May has been under intense pressure from the bloc and from many businesses to show her negotiating position.

He's certainly not helping himself in terms of the Russian Federation investigation with comments like this.

He said: 'With most people asleep, a small number of us worked on the prime minister's Florence speech late into the night trying to get the critical and complicated section on the future regulatory relationship right.

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Other elements likely to anger Brexit-backers are Britain's willingness to pay the European Union for access to certain agencies and the suggestion some European Union citizens could continue to work in Britain visa-free.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph amid speculation over a potential leadership challenge against the PM by Eurosceptic MPs, Lord Hague said: "Being a Romantic on this issue is all very well but is of no practical use to the country". A "responsible government" has to prepare for a variety of outcomes in the negotiations, "including a no deal". I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.