Airbus boss Enders backs UK PM May's latest Brexit position

11 July, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Nicola sturgeon

The then-foreign secretary had another head-in-hands moment in May when he was tricked into taking part in an 18-minute phone call with a prankster pretending to be the Armenian prime minister.

At a meeting with her Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday, she was cheered and applauded by many as she warned them that internal squabbling could pave the way for socialist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to take power instead. This would give her a clear mandate to continue with her Brexit plan.

She earlier faced her critics at a packed meeting of backbench Conservative MPs, many of whom share Mr Johnson's concerns about her Brexit stance.

May's supporters are now reported to be anxious that more ministers could go and a no-confidence vote could be triggered.

Leaving the gathering, leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think there would be a confidence vote over Mrs May.

Mrs May surprised many by appointing him to the Foreign Office, a position he has frequently used to forge a distinctive position on Brexit, including by setting out his own "red lines" just days before the PM's crucial speech to the Conservative conference a year ago.

Although those close to Prime Minister May have tried to lessen the humiliation for the government by dismissing questions about her future, Widdecombe believes she will survive - for now.

Fellow Tory Brexiteer Peter Bone welcomed Mr Davis's resignation, saying it was "a principled and fearless decision", while Andrea Jenkyns said Mr Davis's departure was "fantastic news" and hailed Mr Baker as "another courageous and principled MP". They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

Yesterday, when Johnson was supposed to be hosting a summit on the Western Balkans, Downing Street announced he had also gone.

"What I want to say to them is Britain is going to be a dependable ally, a country that stands up for the values that matter to the people of this country, and will be a strong confident voice in the world".


Brexit negotiations with Brussels are also expected to resume next week.

Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former housing minister, was appointed to replace Davis only days before negotiations in Brussels are due to resume next week.

Bookies are now putting Davidson at an average of 40/1 to be the next leader, but a recent YouGov survey of Tory members shows that she polls better in a number of fields than numerous other potential leaders.

May has been balancing competing factions in her party for years, but with the clock ticking down to Brexit, she had to make a choice.

Creating a political storm when he compared European Union efforts to create a superstate to Hitler's attempt to rule the continent, saying: "Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically".

Johnson and Davis attacked the manner in which May has so far negotiated the UK's exit from the European Union, underlining divisions in the ruling Conservative Party over the nature of the Brexit deal the United Kingdom should pursue with Europe. "If not then who knows".

The pound was little changed at 1.3254 against the dollar as of 8.05 a.m. Singapore time Tuesday, after dropping as much as 0.7 percent on Monday following Johnson's resignation.

Davis said his job required "an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript". Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".

British and European Union officials are hoping to strike a deal on the terms of Britain´s withdrawal and agree to a plan for future trade ties in time for an European Union summit in October.

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