Monday, 16 July, 2018

United Kingdom prime minister seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

British government plunged into fresh chaos as Brexit minister resigns Who's to blame for Theresa May's meltdown – and where will it end?
Leonard Rios | 13 July, 2018, 10:29

British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit would "probably kill" the prospects for a free trade deal with the United States, US President Donald Trump said in an interview for The Sun's Friday edition.

The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

One disgruntled Tory MP even declined an invitation to watch England's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia at 10 Downing Street because of his unhappiness with Mrs May's Brexit plans. The British leader may have quelled talk of a leadership challenge, but some Conservative Brexit supporters are still incensed over what they see as her breach of a promise of a clean break with the EU.

"But remember, what are the options in front of us?"

Merkel welcomed the fact that Britain had formulated a position to take into stalled negotiations with the EU.

In a blow to the beleaguered prime minister, Davis told May in a letter that the government's proposals for close trade and customs ties "will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one". "It s a good thing that we have proposals on the table". Theresa May had planned to address her deputies at 17.30 (London time), after her appearance in House of Commons to present a plan that today, just two days after being approved by her cabinet, seems to be little less than wet paper.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government is trying to satisfy Britons who voted for their country to leave the bloc, but to set an independent course without hobbling businesses, security agencies and other sectors that are closely entwined with the EU. "I think he is a great representative for your country".

Speaking at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May repeated her assertion that the Chequers agreement delivered on her Brexit red lines - leaving the EU's single market and customs union. Still, her long-term future is questionable, says Gaby Hinsliff in the Guardian.

Trump sees Putin meeting as easiest of tour
The alliance says that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by that year, based on current trends. Trump said Tuesday he "can't say right now" if Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a "competitor".

UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned
The resignation comes two days after the whole of the cabinet met at Chequers to agree Britain's negotiating position. Ian Lavery, chair of the Labour Party, said: "This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left".

Report Suggests Health Waning for Some of Boys Stuck in Thailand Cave
Video from Thai Navy special forces on Monday showed the boys looking emaciated but smiling and at times laughing . The magnitude of the problem has now overtaken the initial rejoicing when they were found earlier this week.

"It delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit, it delivers the fact that we will have an end to free movement, we will have an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, we won't be sending vast contributions to the EU every year, we'll be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, out of the Common Fisheries Policy", she said.

He was more enthusiastic about Johnson, calling him "a friend of mine".

Tusk added: "The mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-U.K. relations and it is still very far from being resolved, with or without Mr. Davis". "Maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there", Trump said.

Johnson quit Monday with an incendiary letter accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" and flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with Russian Federation was rather modest, to put it mildly", President Vladimir Putin s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Johnson has been replaced by former health minister Jeremy Hunt. He said Britain was heading for a "semi-Brexit".

The plan also seeks to keep Britain in major EU agencies, including the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Medicines Agency and the police agency Europol.

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