Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Theresa May's new-look cabinet meets amid Brexit turmoil


On Tuesday, Airbus SE urged Brussels to go easy on May, and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is likely to weigh in from NY, where he's addressing The Harvard Club. The prime minister hammered out a compromise with her deeply divided Cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday, but after consulting friends and allies since, Johnson decided he could not promote the deal, according to the report. Under Conservative Party rules, a leadership race could be triggered if at least 48 of her MPs declared their support for one.

"My personal opinion is that she has strengthened herself quite a bit", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from London. "She's in office but not in power".

Mr Heaton-Harris is a longstanding supporter of Brexit and served as the Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2009.

"The Chequers Car Crash crosses Theresa May's own red lines, it certainly fails Labour's six tests and it is a million miles away from the kind of Brexit people thought they were getting - whether they voted Leave or Remain in 2016".

It is also not at all clear that it would work.

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Leaving the gathering, leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think there would be a confidence vote over Mrs May.

With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

Still, the apparent lack of an imminent threat to May helped the pound gain on Tuesday, rising 0.2 percent against the dollar as of 9:03 a.m.in London.

But May's allies fear more resignations may follow.

Theresa May has said that she does not agree with this characterisation. Instead, it underscored the intractability of the issue for a country stymied by infighting as the rest of the continent looks on.

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With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing.

The Prime Minister enduring a bruising battle today as the two Cabinet heavyweights resigned over Brexit. And more importantly, where does it leave the Brexit negotiations? But May left to more cheers.

The resignations of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson prompted talk Monday of a coup to oust May as head of the ruling UK Conservative Party. "The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", he wrote.

May's response was caustic.

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"We need to see the overall context". If the latter number is correct, May would be in serious trouble.

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