We're 80% There With Brexit Says Barnier

Boris Johnson and David Davis

Boris Johnson and David Davis

British Prime Minister Theresa May named Jeremy Hunt to the job of foreign secretary, after the resignation of Boris Johnson on Monday.

Jonson tendered his resignation a day after the UK Brexit minister stepped down from his post.

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said in NY yesterday that a Brexit deal was 80% complete says the Guardian.

Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the Prime Minister".

"It may resolve the dilemma the Prime Minister faces".

Johnson resigned as the foreign minister, warning that Britain will end up like a colony to the European Union after the government announced plans for a close trading relationship with the bloc after Brexit next year.

The British government was also warned "to clarify its positions" on a fallback plan for preventing a hard border with Ireland, the so-called backstop, so the Brexit withdrawal agreement "can be finalised as quickly as possible".

He said many MPs saw Mr Johnson's resignation as a "selfish act".

Speaking to BBC radio yesterday, he said he hoped Britain would "resist very strongly any attempt to get any further concessions".

May said that was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.


Ms. May has briefed leaders including EU President Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her plan and reported a positive response, although they are awaiting the details.

The Brexit group of the parliament, which has a right of veto over the deal, said a comprehensive deal, covering economic, foreign and security policy, had been the parliament's preferred option from the start.

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

According to an SMS text survey of 1,502 Sky customers on 9 July 2018, 64 percent of Britons do not trust the Prime Minister to run Brexit negotiations - up 31 percentage points from a similar sample taken in March 2017.

A precursor to this could be the government losing the vote it has promised parliament on the final exit deal.

But her address to Mr Trump at the Oxfordshire stately home - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - followed a Brussels press conference where the United States leader highlighted Government divisions over Brexit.

The customs bill - formally known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, will give the government the power to adopt a new customs policy after it leaves the EU.

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

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg colorfully described the plan as "the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200".

Calling votes of no confidence is the responsibility of the chairman of the 1922 Committee, which includes all backbench Tory MPs.

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