Boris Johnson's resignation letter and Theresa May's response - in full

Boris Johnson's resignation letter and Theresa May's response - in full

The resignation of two British cabinet ministers are matters for the Prime Minster Theresa May, a spokesperson for the Taoiseach has said.

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday as she clings to power following the resignation of her foreign and Brexit ministers in protest at her strategy for leaving the European Union.

One East Anglian MP, speaking off the record, said: "I am not entirely surprised as he is a bit of a maverick, and if cabinet-level resignations are limited to DD then I think the prime minister will probably survive".

All we have asked from the Prime Minister, is that she sticks to what she has promised on repeated occasions, when she declared that "Brexit means Brexit" and pledged to take back control of our money, borders and laws.

The latest turmoil comes at the beginning of an already busy week for May, which includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and President Trump's much-anticipated visit to the U.K. He and May are scheduled to meet on Friday.

"And I think without David Davis there, without his imprimatur, it will be very hard for them to get the support of Conservative MPs and therefore the Prime Minister would be well advised to reconsider them".

The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. But within 48 hours Davis had quit and Johnson followed.

David Davis's friends are adamant he did not coordinate his departure with Johnson, but Baker clearly decided he had more chance of influencing the government from outside, and a series of other moves since appear to have been carefully choreographed.

Like Mr Gove - who infamously made a rival bid for the leadership after the referendum - Mr Johnson has always been suspected of aiming to lead the party and be prime minister. Two further junior members of the government left on Wednesday, citing discontent with the deal thrashed out last week. "And sending our best wishes to England for tomorrow!" in a reference to the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

May has been trying for months to solve internal issues within the ruling Conservatives about which course to take before Brexit takes effect on March 29, 2019.

The resignations have plunged her government into a crisis that could challenge her leadership and result in a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans.

Two years after Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, May is trying to find a middle way between two starkly differing views - within her party and the country - of the UK's relationship with Europe.

Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves Downing Street after this morning's cabinet meeting in Westminster, London, Britain, July 10, 2018. If there is a challenge and, as would be expected, Mrs May stood for re-election as leader she probably has the numbers to win.

The opposition from within his party grew so intense that he stepped down in 1995 to refight for the leadership of his party, urging his critics to "put up or shut up".

But while many Brexit campaigners were still hoping for a vote of confidence to oust May, it is unlikely that they have the numbers.

The gaffe-prone Johnson was quickly replaced Monday by 51-year-old former health minister Jeremy Hunt, who unlike Johnson supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

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