May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

MPs prepare to move against May

GETTYMPs prepare to move against Theresa May after Cabinet Brexit plan published

The mother-of-one from Hampstead, north London, is still in prison in Iran and was told in May she could face a new charge of spreading propaganda.

Noting that the U.K.is in political turmoil before departing for Europe, President Trump failed to offer a word of encouragement in support of Theresa May, observing that her future was "up to the people".

He was more enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him "a friend of mine". "Maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there".

After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson's gaffes did not cease.

While ministers have emphatically ruled out a national referendum on the final Brexit deal, demands are growing for a "People's Vote" to allow the public to decide whether to leave on the terms obtained by the Government or remain in the EU.

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".

The Government went on to explain that it held Brexit discussions with senior officials from the UK Government yesterday afternoon, as the two Governments continue to work closely together going forward.

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"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", BBC quoted him as saying.

The paper describes the resignations of Mr Davis and Mr Johnson over her compromise deal as "shattering".

"The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one", he said.

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Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former housing minister, was appointed to replace Davis.

In 1982, three foreign office ministers quit, taking responsibility for Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands.

Le Figaro, the conservative French broadsheet, says the prime minister has been "destabilised by a pro-Brexit revolt", although the inside editorial points out the "mutiny is far from having been won".

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"We will not get a clean, democratic Brexit under Theresa May and if the Conservative Party don't come to their senses, then yes, when there is a leadership contest in Ukip at the end of March next year, then I would seriously consider throwing my hat back in the ring". Aside from the loyalty which MPs naturally feel towards their leader, many are concerned that Mrs May's removal could plunge the party into chaos, with no obvious replacement lined up, potentially setting the scene for Jeremy Corbyn to seize power in a new general election.

Trump also said his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had not as reported given Kim Jong-un an Elton John CD containing the song Rocket Man - Trump's nickname for the North Korea leader - when they met in Pyongyang last week.

Brexit hardliners welcomed his move, with Conservative MP Peter Bone saying: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable".

Theresa May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday evening, raising the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

"When will the prime minister go further and accept that we need to include more in this deal and that we need to be part of the internal market of the European Union?"

Any attempt to oust Mrs May would require letters from 48 politicians from her party to trigger the process.

Asked whether May was in trouble following the rash of departures from her Government on Monday, the Environment Secretary replied: "No".

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"It would not have been a plausible thing to do and I wouldn't have done a good job at it".

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