United Kingdom prime minister seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

British government plunged into fresh chaos as Brexit minister resigns

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The New Zealand dollar rose against the British pound to the highest level in nearly two weeks after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson became the latest minister to resign from Theresa May's Conservative government over her Brexit plans.

Above a picture of her cabinet, including her new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and Brexit minister Dominic Raab, May tweeted: "Productive Cabinet meeting this morning - looking ahead to a busy week".

Although May looked to have avoided a direct challenge to her leadership, there were more signs that all was not well.

Third, there's the Irish border issue: "cleaner breaks with the European Union are not compatible with a completely open frontier [in Ireland] unless we were to permit a new economic border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK".

The government said Britain would act "as if in a combined customs territory" with the European Union, using technology at its border to determine whether goods from third countries were bound for Britain or the European Union, and charging the appropriate tariffs in those cases. It's easy to see her proposals for a common rule book on goods, regulatory harmonisation and the new facilitated customs arrangement as "a sell-out of the referendum mandate for a clean break with Brussels".

Sky News has been told that Brexiteers have "plenty more in the locker" as they seek to "inflict as much damage as possible" on Mrs May and try to force her to change course.

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Andrew Bridgen became the first Conservative MP to publicly confirm he had sent a letter calling for a vote of confidence in the prime minister, it was reported. "So I think she ll stay".

On Monday night, while addressing her backbenchers, May said without their support, Corbyn could run the country as prime minister.

May has said she will fight off any attempt to unseat her.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged that his visit to Britain from Thursday came at a time of "turmoil".

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine", he added. It's a very, very good thought'. "Very supportive. I maybe will speak to him when I get over there".

In his letter to May, Johnson described his initial excitement that Brexit would give Britain a greater say over its affairs as it cast off the burdens of European Union bureaucracy.

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"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with Russian Federation was rather modest, to put it mildly", President Vladimir Putin s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing politician who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

Tusk said it was unfortunate that the whole "idea of Brexit has not left together with David Davis".

Less than nine months remain until Britain reduces the EU's membership on March 29, 2019.

"All those of us who believe that we want to execute a proper Brexit, and one that is the best deal for Britain, have an opportunity now to get behind the prime minister in order to negotiate that deal", he told the BBC.

A plan agreed by May's Cabinet last week seeks to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.

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