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Boris Johnson keeps powder dry - for now

Boris Johnson keeps powder dry - for now

David Davis quit as Brexit minister and Boris Johnson stepped down as foreign minister last week over May's Brexit blueprint, which would keep Britain economically close to the EU.

Mrs May was not present to hear Mr Johnson's statement, as she was answering questions on Brexit from senior MPs at a long-planned hearing of the House of Commons Liaison Committee.

A Brexiteer source said that while ministers "haven't yet" accepted the amendments "all the noise is in that direction".

The skirmishes are expected to continue Tuesday when a trade bill is debated.

Asked if there was a suggestion that ministers would accept the amendments he said: "No".

An accidental Prime Minister, stuck with a job that she did not choose for herself, May is faced with the dual task of negotiating with the European Union while at the same time not deviating much from the ultimate objective of Brexit for which almost 52% of the British population had given their nod.

"I'm afraid it is neither beloved by Remainers or Leavers".

"It's also quite likely to be either rejected by the European Union or more demands will be made upon it so it will be even less acceptable".

Even such a small change could be important - if 48 legislators submit letters seeking a confidence vote on May's stewardship of the party, it automatically triggers a leadership vote.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann quit as a ministerial aide to the Treasury, the former postman saying he would not "deliver a watered down Brexit".

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In practice, the Brexiteers stand little chance of success as Labour will not support them while it is unclear whether the pro-EU faction, who largely supported the Chequers plan, will press ahead with their amendment.

Johnson, who led the main Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned as foreign secretary on Monday over May's strategy which he said was killing the "Brexit dream".

His speech will be a call for a change in policy, not a change of prime minister. "There is not going to be a second referendum under any circumstances".

Others, added May, are planning to try and bring down a bill that is essential in enabling Britain to prepare for life outside the European Union, saying: "This would put at risk our ability to make the necessary preparations for a no deal".

"We burned through negotiating capital".

Markets expect the Bank of England to hike interest rates in August but the British currency has fallen 9 percent since April partly because of a dispute between May and members of her party who feel she wants to keep Britain too closely tied to Brussels. It shows what chaos this Government is in.

"But rather than trying to fix the damage and negotiate with Brussels, the new Brexit Secretary has chose to take the evening off and attend a summer drinks reception".

The votes in parliament's lower House of Commons come as Britain's new Brexit minister Dominic Raab heads to Brussels this week for his first talks with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

He used a Daily Telegraph column to ominously say "I will resist - for now - the temptation to bang on about Brexit".


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