Boris Johnson quits United Kingdom government in mounting Brexit crisis

Boris Johnson quits United Kingdom government in mounting Brexit crisis

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.

"The prime minister thanks Boris for his work", the statement said.

Brexit minister Steve Baker and two ministerial aides also resigned.

Speaking in a boisterous House of Commons, Mrs May defended the Brexit plan agreed on Friday, which would see the United Kingdom agreeing a "common rulebook" with the European Union for trading in goods, but not services, after Brexit.

Mrs May insists her plans are the "the best way to honour" the Brexit vote, amid a deepening political crisis.

"The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", Johnson writes in the letter to May.

Theresa May is having a tough time holding her government together.

Theresa May only has a majority in Parliament with the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote.

Davis's late-night resignation undermines May's fragile government.

'Massive wrench for me to leave health - I know some staff haven't found me the easiest health sec but the NHS, and particularly patient safety, has become my passion and it really was the greatest privilege of my life to serve for so many years'.

It comes after Mr Johnson resigned from his post on Monday afternoon.

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In a statement, Downing Street said: 'The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs'.

"His replacement will be announced shortly".

The value of the British pound dropped on worldwide markets after Johnson's announcement, having risen after the announcement Friday that a Cabinet deal on Brexit had been agreed.

The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago.

"I don't think it's central to Foreign Secretary, but there you are".

Opposition politicians were quick to capitalize on May's troubles.

Monday's move may look dramatic, but Viraj Patel, a currency strategist at Dutch bank ING, says that the drop is not the start of a major downward trend for the pound - for the time being a least.

But in reality, she will be at the mercy of her party. Leading proponents of Brexit called on her to abandon the deal struck with the Cabinet last Friday at Chequers, her country retreat outside London. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

The following day, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the referendum and led the campaign to remain within the European Union, resigns as a result of the shock vote.

The prime minister earlier faced down backbench critics at a meeting of the 1922 committee, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could have removed her as prime minister. There was feverish speculation on Monday about May's prospects.

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