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Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney

12 July 2018

Trump on Tuesday also said Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned on Monday over May's softer line on Brexit, was "very supportive" and "a friend". Paddy Power already see the wolves circling around May, and have been quick with their specials: "Brexit chief David Davis's resignation last night has ramped up Conservative in-fighting, as a revolt seems increasingly likely".

Boris Johnson has done the right thing... finally.

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".

The other amendments would require the government to draw up primary legislation if the United Kingdom wants to remain in the EU customs union; the fourth would require the United Kingdom to have an independent regime for Value-Added Tax.

But Davis's resignation has plunged the party into chaos once more, and it is now odds-on (4/7) that May will have to defend her position as leader this year.

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At 0900 GMT sterling was up 0.2 percent at $1.3216, up from a three-day low of $1.3189 hit on Monday after Boris Johnson's resignation.

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said: "This faux outrage from the DUP and their fellow travellers shows their lack of awareness of what is actually happening on the ground already and displays just how out of touch and far removed from the Brexit negotiations they actually are".

Johnson, a polarising figure and a former mayor of London, was a leading spokesperson for the campaign calling for Britain's departure from the European Union in advance of a June 2016 referendum.

Under party rules, 48 Tory MPs - 15% of the party's 316-strong representation in the Commons - must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, to trigger a no-confidence vote.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said it has been a good week for the Brexit process despite the resignations that followed the publication of Theresa May's Chequers proposals.

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Jeremy Hunt, appointed foreign secretary as May carried out a hurried reshuffle of her top team, vowed that he would be "four square" behind her in driving through her Brexit plan.

On Thursday, the government proposal or White Paper was due to be published, setting out the terms for Britain's exit from the European Union and its future relations with the bloc after March 2019.

Mrs May has insisted the Chequers plan delivers on the 2016 referendum result, but her Brexiteer critics have argued that will leave Britain tied too closely to European Union rules for the foreseeable future.

"We deliver that Brexit and we do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to Northern Ireland", she said.

But many pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious at a plan they say will stop Britain forging an independent economic course.

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