More misery for Theresa May as Australia vows to stick by UK

Dwayne Harmon
July 11, 2018

They offered their support to the Prime Minister after the government was rocked by a spate of resignations, with supposed cabinet unity over her Brexit negotiating position in tatters. There were calls for May to scrap her proposals and tell the European Union that the U.K.is leaving without a deal, according to one person who was present.

He is a vote victor, and in its current crisis that is exactly what the Conservative Party needs. In 1958, the chancellor of the exchequer and two junior ministers resigned in protest at increased government spending.

However, one high-profile county Conservative pulled no punches in his call for Mrs May to step down.

"My personal opinion is that she has strengthened herself quite a bit", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from London.

The Tanaiste said there are lots of big personalities within the British Government and they have been quite vocal in terms of making their views known on Brexit.

"I think there will be more give and take but I'm not underestimating the challenges".

Other ministers described the meeting as "very good".

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the Government, while Chris Green quit his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide at the Department for Transport. In fact, in Trump-speak, "very good relationship' means "I can't stand him/her'".

European Union officials say they will respond to the proposals once they have seen details.

Speaking in the House of Commons about the Chequers meeting, May said Cabinet had agreed to "consider seeking accession" to the 11-nation CPTPP trade deal.

May, the leader of the Conservative party, believed she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU.

Mr Johnson plunged the Government into crisis after he announced he was quitting with a scathing denunciation of her Brexit plans, saying they would leave the United Kingdom a "colony" of the European Union.

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However, county MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Philip Dunne, Lucy Allan, Mark Pritchard and Montgomeryshire Conservative Glyn Davies have all urged their party colleagues to support the leader.

It leaves the four great offices of state - Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, and Home Secretary - in the hands of ministers who voted to stay in the European Union, although in the case of Home Secretary Sajid Javid at least, with no great enthusiasm. She is trying to get a deal that will pass through Parliament.

"It is the ultimate betrayal of our democracy and people's belief in it".

Trump also said his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had not as reported given Kim Jong-un an Elton John CD containing the song Rocket Man - Trump's nickname for the North Korea leader - when they met in Pyongyang last week. He said: "I am disappointed David felt that he had to leave the government".

"I really can't say right now", Trump said.

On top of that, the terms of the soft Brexit advanced by May would make any negotiations hard, he said, pointing to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

- Why wouldn't they want to challenge Mrs May?

If British prime minister Theresa May had hoped to leave domestic Brexit woes behind her as she prepares for a fresh feud in Brussels over the future of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, she was swiftly disabused by U.S. president Donald Trump.

British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in her heels today after the resignation of two top government ministers over Brexit negotiations whipped up a storm that threatened to topple her fragile minority government.

But even if she achieved that threshold, a narrow victory would seriously undermine her authority and may lead her to question whether it was worth carrying on.

You do wonder what coherent strategy those at the head of the Conservative Party have been employing since David Cameron stepped down.

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