May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

Kate Garraway Susanna Reid

Kate Garraway Susanna Reid

Paddy Power already see the wolves circling around May, and have been quick with their specials: "Brexit chief David Davis's resignation last night has ramped up Conservative in-fighting, as a revolt seems increasingly likely".

"Brexit will be softened, which is to say undermined: turned from a passionate cry for democratic independence into a bureaucratic exercise of pursuing slow-motion semi-divergence from the European Union while actually kind of staying in", O'Neill wrote.

"Seeing as the Prime Minister isn't bringing Brexit home I'm concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home ..."

Their departures, followed by a clutch of junior aides, destabilised May's government and revived talk of a leadership challenge against her.

Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the Prime Minister". He went on further still, remarkably claiming that the UK's inability to influence laws as they are made means "we are truly headed for the status of colony".

"Once David Davis and Boris Johnson set out their resignation reasons, it became clear that Brexit and Chequers were not the same thing".

Other amendments would force Britain to have a separate Value-Added Tax regime from the EU and ensure the Prime Minister has to table primary legislation if she wishes to keep Britain in the customs union. Mr. Johnson was quickly replaced by 51-year-old former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Mr. Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

That is more than the 48 required to trigger a no-confidence vote in May, if unhappy MPs were to lodge a formal objection with the chair of the party's backbench 1922 committee.

"Dreaming is good, probably for all of us, but we have to deal with the real world", he said.

He has also criticised Downing Street for briefing Labour MPs about its Brexit plans, describing such a development as "a matter of grave concern".

Tories unhappy with the current Brexit plans need to accept the "harsh truth" that there's no other option, William Hague has said. The Conservatives now have 316 MPs so 48 of them would need to write such letters to challenge May.

The vision for future U.K. -EU economic ties will be detailed in a so-called "white paper" today that the government is scheduled to publish.

Britain would leave the EU's single market and customs union as planned, to end free movement of people and sign its own non-EU trade deals.

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland", she said.

Bernard Jenkin said the European Research Group - led by influential Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg - did not expect more resignations and backed Mrs May's leadership.

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