Tory chaos: divisions over Brexit continue in wake of resignations

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After President Trump said he still wanted to meet with Boris Johnson - May's former Cabinet colleague who resigned his position Monday with a scathing letter making clear his objections to her Brexit plan - U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he'd work to facilitate the meeting.

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government. He attacks May's plans in terms that, one imagines, were sharpened after No10 purposefully made a statement about his resignation before he had published his own.

He went on to say Labour is still open to another national vote on Brexit.

Johnson was replaced by Jeremy Hunt, a long-serving health minister, and his appointment and could alter the Brexit balance of May's top ministerial team.

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.

But the Stone MP said he was encouraged that the release of the Government's Brexit white paper had been deferred for more than a week.

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

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

Arriving at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: "It's there because it delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, we won't be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we'll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy".

The delay has been partly blamed on deep disagreements within the Conservative Party over what shape Brexit should take.

The resignation of Davis, with a stinging warning that Britain was "giving too much away too easily" in Brexit talks, was a blow to May just days after she declared a truce among her warring ministers.

There is precious little time for May, new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, and Oliver Robbins (prime minister's chief adviser on Europe and the real Brexit secretary according to many) to put together a set of proposals to Europe before the EU Summit in October.

Davis resigned yesterday, saying May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union gave "too much away, too easily". A "responsible government" has to prepare for a variety of outcomes in the negotiations, "including a no deal". However, Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union is a rare moment of victory for commonsense in the madness of Brexit.

Since then, two vice chairmen of the party have also resigned (Ben Bradwell and Maria Caulfield) have also resigned stating that they can not support the current government position and fear that their constituents would vote them out of parliament should the nation be faced with a general election on the back of the current Brexit position.

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