Resignations Over Brexit Deal Blow To May
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.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday, saying in his resignation letter that the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt." His departure followed the resignation late Sunday night of the minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, David Davis. A third member of the government, Steve Baker, a junior minister in Davis' Department for Exiting the European Union, also resigned, according to the BBC and CNN.
In his resignation letter, Johnson said the prime minister was leading the UK into a "semi-Brexit" with the "status of a colony."
Davis said he did not support a Brexit plan agreed by ministers on Friday.
Only three days ago, May appeared to have agreed on a deal with her fractured Cabinet on the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.
The Prime Minister said she was "sorry and a little surprised" over Johnson's resignation, after "productive discussions" on Friday.
"As we developed our policy on Brexit, I have allowed Cabinet colleagues considerable latitude to express their views," she said in her letter of response to him.