“Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home …”
Above a picture of her cabinet, including her new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and Brexit minister Dominic Raab, May tweeted: “Productive Cabinet meeting this morning – looking ahead to a busy week”.
The resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson – who said they could not support Mrs May’s proposed trading relationship with the European Union – have piled pressure on the PM and prompted speculation about a leadership challenge. “And that’s a risky strategy at this time”.
Defence Secretary and South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said: “The Prime Minister is putting her best foot forward in making sure we get the best deal with the EU”. Mr Davis’s deputy, Steve Baker, also resigned.
And a Labour source said: “With just weeks to go to negotiate Brexit, NHS waiting lists growing and pay packets being squeezed, the Conservative Party continues to tear itself apart”.
He was enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him “a friend of mine”.
Trump lands in Britain on Thursday following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels where he chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defense spending.
Downing Street swiftly appointed eurosceptic housing minister Dominic Raab to Davis’s job, and said May was looking forward to working with him to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union in March.
He said the British position is now “a basis for a real negotiation now and what we haven’t had for many months is a clear negotiating position”.
The Prime Minister commented on the resolutions stating: “Today in detailed discussions the cabinet has agreed our collective position for the future of our negotiations with the EU”.
As many as 60 Tory rebels could back moves opposing key elements of Mrs May’s Brexit strategy – more than enough to wipe out her fragile parliamentary majority.
In the 23 June 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9%, backed leaving the European Union, while 16.1 million voters, or 48.1%, backed staying.
“Choosing not to sign up to certain rules would lead to consequences for market access, security co-operation or the frictionless border, but that decision will rest with our sovereign parliament, which will have a lock on whether to incorporate those rules into the United Kingdom legal order”.
But the rebellion against Mrs May’s line will be a reminder to Tory whips of the strength of feeling on the issue on the right of the party. Some politicians have already expressed their misgivings.
“If anyone in the Conservative Party is then thinking about voting that down, that is the point at which they are going to endanger everything they have been trying to achieve”.
Asked if the prime minister could survive.
Other pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers said they supported May and would not resign. But…who knows?” Speaking to reporters earlier, Tusk said: “The mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of the EU-UK relations and remains unsolved with or without Mr Davis: “Unfortunately, the idea of Brexit has not left together with David Davis”.