Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

MPs prepare to move against May

MPs prepare to move against May

The departures, hailed by eurosceptic MPs in the ruling Conservative party, triggered speculation that May could face an imminent leadership contest.

After two hours in the Commons defending her plans yesterday afternoon, the PM faced Tory MPs behind closed doors - with many warning her offer gave too much away.

All we have asked from the Prime Minister, is that she sticks to what she has promised on repeated occasions, when she declared that "Brexit means Brexit" and pledged to take back control of our money, borders and laws.

With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit, facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a "free trade area for goods" with the EU.

Conservative MPs will then hold a series of ballots to whittle the list of contenders down to two, with the last place candidate dropping out in each round.

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

But she wakes up this morning facing the toughest challenge of her time in Downing Street to date.

May's proposals for a future European Union relationship after Britain departs from the bloc next March had taken two years of internal government wrangling to agree.

The resignations of the two cabinet "big beasts" comes just days after May secured senior ministers' agreement at Chequers for a Brexit plan about which both men had expressed reservations.

Johnson, another loud pro-Brexit voice within May's divided government, slammed May in a resignation letter, accusing her of flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the EU.

"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister", Davis said.

He claims crucial decisions have been postponed, including preparations for a "no-deal" scenario, "with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the European Union system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system".

Mr Davis, who has been Brexit Secretary since Mrs May became prime minister in 2016, said he had made compromises since taking on the role, but this was "one compromise too far".

But despite all that, former Brexit minister David Davis didn't use his resignation letter on Sunday to secretly tell the nation: "It's coming home".

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

Boris's resignation letter is scathing.

On Monday, May defended Friday's deal, which would allow for some ties between Britain and the EU. "This is the right Brexit", she said.

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