Brexit Fallout: British foreign secretary resigns over Brexit

Theresa May and David Davis

Boris Johnson (file) in March.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on June 12, 2018.

Mrs May has since replaced him with Dominic Raab, while Jeremy Hunt has swapped his job as Health Secretary to take over as Foreign Secretary.

However, Mr Johnson - whose departure on Monday followed that of Brexit Secretary David Davis and several junior figures - accused Mrs May of pursuing a "semi-Brexit".

But Davis said a leadership challenge would be the "wrong thing to do" and insisted he believed May was a "good prime minister".

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd". After the vote, he famously said that his position on Brexit negotiations amounted to: "I am pro having my cake and pro eating it".

Johnson, who favours a stronger break with the European Union, said in his resignation letter that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony".

The value of the British pound dropped on worldwide markets after Johnson's announcement, having risen after the announcement Friday that a Cabinet deal on Brexit had been agreed.

Johnson also stated in the letter that, by "surrendering control over our rulebook", the United Kingdom will make it "much more hard to do free trade deals".

Downing Street has been on a charm offensive with Conservative MPs since Theresa May and her Cabinet agreed a Brexit deal at Chequers on Friday - with mixed results.

Mr David Davis replied: "Regret, really".

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Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has served as Health Secretary since 2012.

Both said they could not support Prime Minister Theresa May's latest plan for Brexit. The mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations.

The decision by Mr Davis swiftly ended the impression that Mrs May had pulled off a political masterstroke by pushing through her vision of Brexit while keeping rival factions of her party onside.

Rebuffing claims that her proposals make too many concessions to the EU, May said "this is the right Brexit" and would leave Britain free to make its own laws and trade deals. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such European Union law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health - and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

What was the reaction in the Commons?

Mr Davis said he had chose to quit because he did not believe in the "dangerous" strategy thrashed out at a stormy cabinet meeting last week and believed that he was no longer the best person to lead negotiations.

There was a crisis in government, he said, adding: "It is clear this government can not secure a good deal for Britain".

What has been the reaction from the EU?

What does it all mean for Brexit?

The UK and the European Union have been negotiating Brexit terms for more than a year now and have been hoping to agree broad aims for their future relationship in October.

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