David Davis Gives His Instant Reaction As Boris Johnson Resigns

Theresa May and David Davis

Theresa May and David Davis

In a letter on Monday, Mr Johnson said the prime minister was leading the United Kingdom into a "semi-Brexit" with the "status of a colony".

Britain's government plunged into another melodrama Monday as Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned over Theresa May's proposal for future trading relations with the European Union.

"I doubt the prime minister will survive long", a member of the Conservative Party's pro-Brexit wing told Business Insider yesterday.

It said May now faces "the spectre of a leadership challenge", but it was "possible that after a period of resignations and political blood-letting, the Conservative Party will fall behind the prime minister".

Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has served as Health Secretary since 2012. His departure adds to a crisis over Brexit that threatens to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

The reshuffle is expected to continue as Mrs May attempts to stamp her authorities following the Chequers summit last Friday.

He said he would "stand four square behind the prime minister so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the cabinet last week at Chequers".

The outgoing Brexit secretary said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, in a "dangerous strategy".

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the powerful European Research Group faction within the Tory ranks, said his resignation should force Mrs May to reconsider her approach.

May has been trying for months to solve internal issues within the ruling Conservatives about which course to take before Brexit takes effect on March 29, 2019.

"It seems to me we're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a risky strategy at this time", Davis said in a BBC radio interview Monday morning.

In her statement to Parliament, May attempted to give an impression of business as usual, saying she would present a detailed paper onThursday on the government's negotiating position for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU. "Others don't have that same responsibility".

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

May was asked by an opposition lawmaker Monday whether she would contest a vote of confidence if one came rather than resign.

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