UK foreign minister Boris Johnson has resigned against Brexit plan
UK foreign minister Boris Johnson has resigned against a plan for a soft Brexit put forward by prime minister Theresa May. quit on Monday, hours after the resignation late on Sunday night of the minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, David Davis. A third member of the government, Steve Baker, a junior minister in Davis' Department for Exiting the European Union, also resigned.
His departure means that two of Mrs May’s most senior cabinet ministers — and Brexit-supporting allies — have resigned in less than 24 hours.
David Davis, the Brexit secretary, resigned late on Sunday night, saying that her plan to keep Britain close to EU standards risked betraying the result of the 2016 Brexit vote.
Only three days ago, May appeared to have agreed on a deal with her fractured Cabinet on the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.
In a statement, Johnson savaged May's strategy, accusing her of allowing an optimistic Brexit vision to become clouded by a failure of ambition. "The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt," he wrote. In what amounted to a declaration of political war, Johnson said May's vision of a close future relationship with the EU would confine the UK to a "status of colony" and amounted merely to a "semi-Brexit."
May appeared in Parliament earlier on Monday afternoon to defend her plan, minutes after Downing Street confirmed the departure of Johnson. In her statement to members of Parliament, May acknowledged the splits in her government, saying of the ministers who quit: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum." The Prime Minister's latest political drama began late on Sunday night when Davis announced his decision to leave his post, declaring he could not support May's plan for Brexit agreed plan. He said it involved too close a relationship with the EU and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the UK after it left the bloc.