UK: Tory vice chairs quit over May's Brexit plan

UK: Tory vice chairs quit over May's Brexit plan

UK: Tory vice chairs quit over May's Brexit plan

Two vice chairs of the Conservative Party, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, are quitting their posts in protest at Theresa May's Chequers Brexit compromise plan. "It should be a chance to do things differently", adding "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

He acknowledged that the resignation of Mr Davis should not have come as a surprise.

President Trump is clearly in Boris's Brexit corner, and he comes to Britain this week when the country is, as he says, in turmoil.

Wrekin MP, Mark Pritchard, said the government would continue its work.

"The trouble is that I have practiced the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat".

At a news conference on Tuesday, May maintained her plan "absolutely keeps faith with the vote of the British people", ending free movement of people from the EU, taking Britain out of European court jurisdiction and saving the "vast sums of money" that Britain pays as a member.

Brexit negotiations with Brussels are also expected to resume next Monday.

Widdecombe also warned any leadership contest to oust Prime Minister May could drag on for three months, at the very time when Brexit negotiations will reach their most crucial point.

He wrote in The Sun that the British people "don't want some bog roll Brexit, soft, yielding and seemingly indefinitely long".

Davis himself expressed regret that Johnson had quit, and said it would be "wrong" for his departure to trigger a major rebellion.

Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former housing minister, was appointed to replace Davis.

They must submit their letters to the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady.

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The pound pared losses amid fading concerns that the resignations will immediately push May to a confidence vote. She addressed Conservative MPs for an hour on Monday and issued a warning that divided parties lose elections.

May must now move quickly to try to win the EU's support for her Brexit proposal to unblock talks.

It is unclear whether Brussels will accept this, after repeatedly warning Britain it can not "cherry-pick" bits of its single market.

A minister quoted the prime minister as saying, "If we don't pull together, we risk the election of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister", The Guardian reported.

Juncker's chief spokesman said the departure of Davis posed no problem, saying the European Union was ready to talk "24/7". The people voted "leave", but the political elite wanted to "remain" - and the elite has stymied the referendum result and grumbled every inch of the way.

He was more enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him "a friend of mine". "If not then who knows".

But many eurosceptic MPs are outraged at May's plan, and Davis's resignation letter was scathing.

"We want to bring the negotiating process forward", she said. Trump said Johnson had been "very nice" and "very supportive".

Davis said his job required "an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript".

Regarding Trump's praise for Johnson, May's spokesman said it was "positive for the United Kingdom that the former foreign secretary had a good relationship with the president".

He had reportedly threatened to quit several times as they moved towards closer ties with the European Union after Brexit. A fracturing of unity at the top of the party could test the loyalty of rank-and-file MPs, many of whom have spent the weekend listening to complaints of betrayal from pro-Brexit constituents.

Although he has been seen as a prospect within the party for a few years - he previously worked at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Housing - his relative lack of experience makes him an unlikely next Tory leader, with a number of bookmakers listing him at 14/1, below Javid, Mogg, Gove, Hunt and Johnson.

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