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Boris Johnson and David Davis Image All eyes are now on whether Boris Johnson will be the next to wave goodbye to cabinet
Ellis Copeland | 13 July, 2018, 00:30

Mrs May is still pressing on with her Brexit plan despite the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

The British pound recorded its largest daily drop against the USA dollar in 3-1/2 weeks after two euroskeptic ministers announced their resignation from UK Prime Minister Theresa May´s cabinet, leaving the British leader´s Brexit plans in chaos. However, the jolt has come at an inopportune moment as Britain is engaged in crucial negotiations with European officials to hammer out a deal ahead of an EU summit in Europe.

The government said Britain would act "as if in a combined customs territory" with the European Union, using technology at its border to determine whether goods from third countries are bound for Britain or the European Union, and charging the appropriate tariffs in those cases. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.

Her plans, which also argue for Britain to set its own trade tariffs and open up services markets, are an attempt to meet the demands of businesses, pro-EU voters, Brexit supporters and the European Union, which has warned repeatedly that time is running out. Her plan splits the difference between a stripped-down free-trade deal and the so-called Norway option of full single-market membership.

"What we were asked to do was have no free movement, no EU jurisdiction, no continued payments to the EU, no customs union and no single market", International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Wednesday.

This week she's had two high-profile departures from her Cabinet but it's more than just missing Boris Johnson and David Davis that she needs to be anxious about.

Boris's resignation letter is scathing.

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He said many MPs saw Mr Johnson's resignation as a "selfish act".

The chairman of the Conservatives has played down reports members are quitting the party en masse over Theresa May's plan for Brexit.

At a meeting with Conservative lawmakers on Monday, she was cheered and applauded by many, having warned them that internal squabbling could pave the way for socialist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to take power instead.

He told the programme: "What we are trying to do is not open revolt but we are trying to tell the prime minister and the Cabinet that we have got real concerns about where this is going". 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".

The President's comments, made as he prepared to depart for a European trip which will include a visit to the United Kingdom, preceded the resignation of two Conservative vice-chairs over their opposition to Mrs May's plans for Britain's future relations with the EU. The Prime Minister has been the first to point this out to potential rebels but for some Tory backbenchers it's a better outcome than supporting a soft Brexit strategy.

"This is not a betrayal", she responded to one of several eurosceptic Conservative MPs who complained, insisting it was "the right Brexit deal for Britain".

They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.

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