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Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

11 Juillet 2018

The PM has mounted a diplomatic charm offensive over recent days to sell the plan to European Union leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "But remember, what are the options in front of us?"

Theresa May is having a tough time holding her government together.

Mr Johnson's almost two years as foreign secretary was not without controversy, with the ambitious Tory heavyweight having been accused of undermining Mrs May on more than one occasion - and making headlines for other reasons.

Like her Conservative predecessors, Theresa May has had the impossible task of balancing the demands of those in her party who want a clean break from the European Union and those who want a close relationship after Brexit.

At 3pm on Monday, a statement was issued by Downing Street to say: "This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

May is holding a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday, following a forced reshuffle in the aftermath of the resignations.

David Davis has warned the United Kingdom is giving "too much away, too easily" in the Brexit talks, but backed Theresa May to remain Prime Minister after his dramatic resignation rocked her premiership.

Candidates for the leadership must be nominated by two Conservative MPs.

Fianna Fail's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers said the double resignation was of "grave concern" but urged the British Government to continue with its plan to publish the white paper this week.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans in his letter of resignation, saying that Britain is "truly headed for the status of colony" and that the "dream" of Brexit "is dying". Theresa May's song, unfortunately, stuck in his throat.

Hunt, who served as the health secretary, was assigned to his new role late on Monday hours after Johnson handed in his resignation letter to May.

Widdecombe, well-known in Britain as being characteristically blunt, served in government under Prime Minister John Major, and in opposition under William Hague, where she was frequently tipped as a future party leader.

Brexiteer Cabinet minister Michael Gove admitted the plan was not everything he had hoped for, but he was a "realist" and the Prime Minister's lack of a Commons majority meant the "parliamentary arithmetic" was a factor in deciding what could be adopted.

Political observers believe that things have stabilized - for the moment.

If she chose to fight, she would need the support of more than 50% of Conservative MPs - now 159 - in the confidence vote to stay in office.

Ex-Premier League star turned broadcaster Stan Collymore hinted that Johnson's move was all an elaborate plan to allow him time off to travel to support England in their World Cup semi-final versus Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow.

How will this impact Trump's visit?

He says the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", and that Britain is "headed to the status of a colony", having to swallow European Union writ without "any ability to influence these laws as they are made".

Asked about Boris Johnson's resignation, Trump added: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine".

At a Cabinet meeting Friday, May demanded members support a plan for Brexit that it would include Britain partly remaining in the single market and signing up to a "common rulebook" for goods. Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".

"With her Government in chaos, if she clings on, it's clear she's more interested in hanging on for her own sake than serving the people of our country", he said.

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power