Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

More misery for Theresa May as Australia vows to stick by UK

More misery for Theresa May as Australia vows to stick by UK

Theresa May clinging on to power after Boris Johnson quits over Brexit plans.

After President Trump said he still wanted to meet with Boris Johnson - May's former Cabinet colleague who resigned his position Monday with a scathing letter making clear his objections to her Brexit plan - U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he'd work to facilitate the meeting.

May, who has tried to keep calm and carry on, said in a tweet that it was a "productive Cabinet meeting" and that she was "looking forward to a busy week".

In comments likely to alarm Mrs May, Trump acknowledged the "turmoil" facing her government but said he was nevertheless looking forward to "an interesting time" when he visits the United Kingdom later this week.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing figure who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May and Trump have been strained at times.

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And Tory MPs in the Black Country and Staffordshire have leaped to her defence over the controversial Brexit deal, which has angered many of those in the pro-Leave camp.

Asked about the possibility of a vote of no confidence on Mrs May, he said: "I would firmly believe that she would win that".

Trump has long voiced his support for Brexit, saying it was part of a global uprising that ultimately thrust him to power, and he was at his Scottish golf resort the day after Britons voted to leave the European Union, saying the outcome was a "great thing".

Johnson followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out the door as a hard-won government consensus on future trade ties with the bloc disintegrated less than three days after it was forged, and nine months before Britain is due to leave the EU.

Merkel, a key voice in Brussels, said the other 27 European Union members would give a joint response, "but it's good that the proposals are on the table - that much I can say already, without going into details".

Johnson´s dramatic resignation on Monday just hours after Brexit minister David Davis quit late on Sunday plunged the value of the pound on currency markets.

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Hunt had been health secretary, and is a leading government backer of a compromise "soft Brexit". But, after much speculation, Mr Johnson announced he would not enter the Conservative leadership race when his ally Michael Gove announced he was running.

"This confrontation between Brexiters and reality was long overdue", it said, adding that May "should have faced down the hardliners before negotiations formally began".

The Prime Minister received a rousing reception from Conservative MPs at last night's meeting of the 1922 Committee, and chaired a meeting of her new Cabinet this morning which she described as "productive". While he blamed "needless self-doubt", he added that Britain was "in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of".

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.

Global trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit.

May announced on Friday that her warring Cabinet had finally agreed to a plan to follow European Union rules for trade in goods, raising hopes that long-stalled talks with the bloc could progress.

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