Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Ireland hails United Kingdom move towards 'much softer Brexit'

Ireland hails United Kingdom move towards 'much softer Brexit'

David Davis, the minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, resigned abruptly on Sunday, and foreign secretary Boris Johnson stepped down the next day.

The Sun, Britain's most popular paper, said Trump's comments were a new blow for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced two high-profile resignations from her cabinet and a rebellion by Brexit hardliners this week.

While Mr Johnson may have spoken in his usual colourful tones about the death of the Brexit "dream" in his resignation letter on Monday, the situation is swiftly descending into a political nightmare for the Conservative Party. These firms would, of course, favour a "soft Brexit" as that will ensure continued access to the single market comprising the remaining 27 European Union states, and some have put expansion plans on hold until there is greater clarity on Britain's exit by March 2019.

A week ago Britain had strict red lines on Brexit, pro-EU lawmakers were "traitors" and the plan for Britain's future ties with the European Union after leaving the bloc were a jumble of platitudes and overweening ambition.

"In a vote of confidence in the House of Commons I would support the Prime Minister that's because I don't want to have another General Election, there isn't a vote of confidence in either case at the moment, I don't think many people want another election, we only had one a year ago".

The Chequers deal met everything they had been asked to do, including ending free movement and European jurisdiction and stopping payments to the EU, he said.

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019, more than two years after the referendum that saw 51.9% vote to leave compared to 48.1% who wanted to stay.

In his resignation letter, he said: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

"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.

"It would deliver on both sides' commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland, avoiding a hard border without compromising the EU's autonomy or the UK's sovereignty".

Boris Johnson (file) in March.

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".

Another two Conservative MPs have just resigned from their roles over Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

In her reply, Mrs May told him: "I do not agree with your characterisation of the policy we agreed on at Cabinet on Friday". The Prime Minister has been the first to point this out to potential rebels but for some Tory backbenchers it's a better outcome than supporting a soft Brexit strategy.

Support for the Labour Party has increased. May has spoken about the great potential of a US-UK trade deal, and undoubtedly sees it as a key part of her post-Brexit plan.

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