May's Government in chaos as Johnson and Davis quit over Brexit plan

Boris Johnson and David Davis

Image All eyes are now on whether Boris Johnson will be the next to wave goodbye to cabinet

Boris Johnson (file) in March.

The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May has been plunged into turmoil with the resignation of two senior Cabinet ministers, exposing a deep and perilous split over her Brexit strategy.

As the threat of a leadership contest looms for Theresa May following the sudden resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, political commentators and MPs have reacted differently to the new blow to the Tory government.

May elected Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab as Davis' replacement, but concerns over her longevity persist.

Loud applause could be heard at the end of the 1922 Committee meeting, which the PM attended for just over an hour. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do". He says the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", and that Britain is "headed to the status of a colony", having to swallow European Union writ without "any ability to influence these laws as they are made".

It comes as the Tory government tries to get a handle of infighting over how best to deal with Brexit.

European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship. "It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic" with the United Kingdom building on its strengths.

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.

Why did David Davis resign? Davis' deputy, Steve Baker, also resigned on Sunday.

Johnson was set to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, and U.S. President Donald Trump will fly to London on Thursday for his first official visit to the United Kingdom, where he is set to talk to the British prime minister about a range of foreign policy issues.

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The Prime Minister enduring a bruising battle today as the two Cabinet heavyweights resigned over Brexit.

Johnson reportedly compared the promotion of the plan to "polishing a turd".

But she told MPs: "We do not agree on the best way to deliver our shared commitments to honour the result of the referendum".

Mrs May told MPs that the plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers was the basis of a "responsible and credible" offer to restart renegotiations with the EU.

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book's policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

What was the reaction in the Commons?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson and Mr Davis had abandoned a "sinking ship", shattering the "illusion of unity" initially surrounding the Chequers plan.

The PM said that after months of offering ministers "considerable latitude to express their individual views" she is now imposing order on her Cabinet who must back the Government line.

What has been the reaction from the EU?

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