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United Kingdom set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

United Kingdom set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

Mr. Trump said British voters didn't vote for the "soft" Brexit plan in their referendum to sever ties with the EU.

Liam Fox said the agreement, which sparked the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis, was created to be a "credible offer" to Brussels to allow negotiations to make progress.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said.

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

In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said that, under her leadership, the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit", with the dream of an outward-looking global Britain "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

"I developed a very close personal rapport with him, we worked closely together on many regional and global challenges and developed a strong friendship", she said. "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union", a statement from May's office said.

Just a day after Johnson's resignation, May appointed Jeremy Hunt, ex-health minister, as the country's new foreign secretary.

Her proposal would see Britain adopt European Union rules for trade in goods after Brexit, but maintain flexibility for its key services sector and end freedom of movement.

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

"The EU side have always said that if Britain soften their red lines then the EU would respond to show some flexibility, so let's test that in a negotiating room".

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"What Australia wants to see is stability and certainty and we want to continue working with the UK Government on matters of concern to us and that includes a free trade agreement when the time is appropriate".

The Survation poll of 1,007 people found 38 percent felt the Brexit proposals agreed by the cabinet at May's country retreat of Chequers last week were a sell-out while 35 percent felt them to be the best deal Britain was likely to get.

But people like political communications expert Kevin Craig believe his departure - and that of David Davis - could strengthen the Prime Minister's outlook.

"As a effect there will be no business as usual because of the Brexit".

Mr Davis, who has been Brexit Secretary since Mrs May became prime minister in 2016, said he had made compromises since taking on the role, but this was "one compromise too far". Her plan splits the difference between a stripped-down free-trade deal and the so-called Norway option of full single-market membership.

However, prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chairman of the European Research Group of Eurosceptic backbenchers, said he had not submitted a letter of no confidence and expected Mrs May to remain at least until the official date of Brexit in March 2019.

Now the waiting for May's position on whether she wants to follow Brexit hardliners' path of exit or try to maintain a relationship with the European Union despite leaving the organization.

Why so many resignations at once?

The Foreign Secretary quit his role in government hours after Mr Davis stood down as Brexit Secretary. "It's not even an accidental betrayal, it was planned and plotted well in advance", said Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen. Three junior ministers also quit their posts.

May must now move quickly to try to win the EU's support for her Brexit proposal to unblock talks. "But I'm getting on with delivering what the British people want".