Tory rebels move to block Theresa May's Brexit plans

People think David Davis secretly wrote'It's coming home in his resignation letter

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.

Both the Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned in protest over the United Kingdom government's proposals for the ongoing negotiations with the EU.

In a sign of the dissatisfaction in Tory ranks, MP Henry Smith announced on Twitter he had refused an invitation to watch England's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia at 10 Downing Street because the prime minister "isn't bringing Brexit home".

After the cabinet meeting, Mrs May tweeted that she was "looking ahead to a busy week". Asked whether he wanted Mrs May to stay in Downing Street, the president said: "I get along with her very well. that's certainly up to the people, not up to me".

Late on Sunday night Britain's Brexit minister David Davis also resigned after disagreeing with plans laid out by Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a soft Brexit.

"Any deal that the Prime Minister gets has to be to voted through Parliament and voted into law and if it is this bad deal from Chequers that keeps us ineffectively in, the European Court of Justice would remain effectively the supreme court in goods and agri-goods and that won't get through parliament and people like me will vote it down".

That was despite the likes of Mr Johnson and Mr Davis privately expressing their reservations about the prime minister's strategy.

What has been outlined so far has sparked a backlash from Brexiteers and prompted the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Conservative lawmaker Michael Fallon, an ally of May, dismissed Johnson's "Brexit dream" rallying cry.

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There appears to be no immediate challenge to Ms May's leadership, as the Brexit hardliners simply do not have the numbers, and her Conservative Party seems set to weather this storm, despite deep divisions on the issue.

Speaking at the Institute of global and European Affairs in Dublin, Minister Coveney said there had not been a clear British negotiating position for many months.

"We need to see whether the taskforce can accommodate some of the British thinking", he said.

Other pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers said they supported May and would not resign.

The two resignations have left May badly exposed and raised questions over whether she will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing a "business-friendly" Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself.

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

The ex-MP said there was a "plan" to curtail the role of the Brexit department.

In his resignation letter, Johnson wrote: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

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