Britain's May Reasserts Her Authority After Brexit Resignations

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Australia will have as good a relationship with Jeremy Hunt - the UK's new foreign secretary - as it had with his predecessor Boris Johnson, federal minister Christopher Pyne predicts.

Reports suggested the Prime Minister would face a vote of no confidence in her leadership. His departure adds to a crisis over Brexit that threatens to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

At 3pm on Monday, a statement was issued by Downing Street to say: "This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

David Davis and Steve Baker clearly realised that the promises they and their colleagues made about Brexit simply can not be delivered.

Sure, three of her most pro-Brexit ministers-Andrea Leadsom, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove-went on the airwaves to defend the agreement.

Asked Tuesday whether May should be replaced as prime minister, Trump said it was "up to the people, not up to me".

Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has served as Health Secretary since 2012.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on July 10, 2018.

He said Britain was 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".

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Although it has caused a headache, May was quick to capitalize on the fact that two of her biggest problems extricated themselves from her inner circle; she ceremoniously replaced Davis and Johnson with more amiable substitutes.

Johnson, who dramatically stepped down earlier yesterday from his post soon after the resignation of Brexit minister David Davis, accused May of pursuing a "semi-Brexit" with proposals for post-Brexit trade that would leave Britain as a "colony" of the EU.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not believe there would be a vote of confidence in Mrs May by Tory MPs, but called on her to change her Brexit stance as he attacked the Cabinet deal on European Union withdrawal hammered out at a summit at Chequers last week.

Johnson, who favours a stronger break with the European Union, said in his resignation letter that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony".

Brussels has not yet made clear how the EU27 will respond to the Chequers deal, which the government believes represents an "evolution" of its negotiating strategy.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum".

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

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