New housing minister to be appointed as Raab made Brexit Secretary

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

The U.S. Ambassador to London on Wednesday said he was unsure whether President Donald Trump would meet Boris Johnson, who resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May's government, during his upcoming trip Britain.

"Hopefully we will resist very strongly any attempt to get any further concessions from us on this, because I think this goes further than we should have gone already".

May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

The leader of Britain's Opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, accused May of being incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal with the European Union given the deep splits among her own ministers over her plans.

Meanwhile prominent Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash said he was "deeply disappointed" with the Chequers deal, which he said raised concerns that the United Kingdom would not get "a proper Brexit". Political experts said May would beat any contenders, but facing a confidence vote would dent her credibility, even if it fails to see her replaced, Xinhua reported.

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.

CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn called the meeting "constructive and positive", while the EEF's Stephen Phipson told me that it had been encouraging, but that the proof of good intentions would come when the government unveiled its long-awaited white paper.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

Other amendments would force Britain to have a separate Value-Added Tax regime from the EU and ensure the Prime Minister has to table primary legislation if she wishes to keep Britain in the customs union.

"I don't think that would be sensible, it would cause an bad lot of uncertainty, nobody would know with whom they were dealing, and so I think she will survive for those reasons", she said.

May says the plan will deliver frictionless trade with Europe and avoid a hard border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

In his resignation letter, the former Brexit secretary said he had disagreed with Number 10 on a "significant number of occasions" over the past year or more. "It should be a chance to do things differently", adding "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general, said: "The CBI welcomes Dominic Raab as the new secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union".

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.

El Pais says "differences over Brexit break the British government".

The new Brexit Secretary has been urged to highlight the importance of agriculture in future Brexit negotiations with the EU. "If people don't like this proposal, what is their alternative?"