British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quits amid Brexit crisis

Brexit pursued by a Raab

Brexit pursued by a Raab

His resignation comes shortly after David Davis, who served as the secretary for the Britain's exit from the European Union, stepped down from his post.

Mr Johnson gave a scathing verdict on Mrs May's Brexit plans in his resignation letter, saying the "Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, junior ministers in the Brexit department, were also reported to have quit the government last night amid speculation that further Cabinet ministers would follow Mr Davis to the exit.

May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said "I don't think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing".

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson wrote.

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU, May has been wrestling with how to enact Brexit without jeopardising business with the world's biggest trading bloc of 27 countries whilst forging new global deals.

"It is the right Brexit deal for the people".

Downing Street confirmed on Monday morning that the PM has appointed 44-year-old housing minister Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary following Davis' resignation on Sunday evening.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Davis said: "Whether it is the progressive dilution of what I thought was a firm Chequers agreement In February on right to diverge, or the unnecessary delays of the start of the white paper, or the presentation of a backstop proposal that omitted the strict conditions that I requested and believed that we had agreed, the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

May said that was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

The resignations came just days after May announced Saturday that she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

But Parliament would oversee the UK's trade policy and have the ability to "choose" to diverge from the European Union rules.

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

Tory Brexiteers say the proposals agreed at Friday's meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers are "Brexit in name only".

"There are a lot of questions in here, there is a lot of unhappiness, there is a great deal of concern that we are saying that we leave - it's not "to be or not to be" it's "to leave or not to leave", he said. The UK government is in turmoil, but that has been the case for more than two years.

The government has battled to find a way of tackling these while maintaining access to European Union markets and avoiding burdensome customs arrangements that could damage businesses, with some leading companies warning they could cut investment or withdraw from Britain in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

Labour MP Andrew Adonis said Raab's appointment could spell the "death" of the Tory leader, while writer and editor Hitcham Yezza said Brexit has now become even more "shambolic".

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