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Jonathan Fairfield

Brexit Secretary Raab resigns thrusting May's government into turmoil

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Brexit Secretary Raab resigns thrusting May's government into turmoil

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May's government into turmoil just two days after she clinched an EU divorce deal that was mauled by opponents, allies and mutinous members of her party.

 

"Above all, I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election," Raab said.

 

"This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust," Raab said. "I cannot support the proposed deal."

 

The resignation of such a senior minister thrusts the United Kingdom into a political crisis just as May was attempting to garner support for a Brexit deal which her opponents have warned could sink her premiership.

 

It also throws the future course of Brexit into uncertainty: scenarios range from a calm divorce to rejection of May's deal, potentially ending her premiership and leaving the bloc with no agreement, or another referendum.

 

Raab said May's plan threatened the integrity of the United Kingdom and he could not support an indefinite backstop arrangement where the EU held a veto over Britain's ability to exit.

 

"No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control over the laws to be applied, nor the ability to decide to exit the arrangement," Raab said in his resignation letter.

 

The 44-year-old was appointed to the role of Brexit minister in July this year following the resignation of his predecessor David Davis, who also quit in protest at May's Brexit strategy.

 

European Union leaders will meet on Nov. 25 to endorse the divorce deal.

 

British journalists said anger among Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers was so high that they might call for a vote of no confidence in May's leadership. There was no confirmation.

 

ITV reporter Robert Peston said enough demands for a no confidence vote could be lodged by lunchtime on Thursday.

 

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

 

 
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Britain's work and pensions minister McVey quits over Brexit deal

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's work and pensions minister Esther McVey quit Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet, the second senior minister to resign on Thursday over a Brexit deal agreed between London and Brussels.

 

"The deal you put before the Cabinet yesterday does not honour the result of the referendum", McVey wrote in a letter to May.

 

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Sara Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

 

 
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Britain's Labour Party says PM May has no authority after latest resignation

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's main opposition Labour Party said on Thursday Prime Minister Theresa May had no authority left after her Brexit minister Dominic Raab resigned.

 

"The Government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the Prime Minister's Brexit plan," said Jon Trickett, a member of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's senior team.

 

"This is the twentieth minister to resign from Theresa May’s government in her two year premiership. Theresa May has no authority left and is clearly incapable of delivering a Brexit deal that commands even the support of her Cabinet - let alone parliament and the people of our country."

 

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by William James)

 

 
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Bye bye Pound Sterling, I remember you well!

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This entire 'dogs brexit' just needs to be eighty-sixed already.

No second 'referendumb', no more wasted tax cash that could have gone to the NHS, or re-nationalising the shambolic privatised railways, or almost any other national need.

It's tied up government since the vote, and NOBODY but nobody can agree, from the toffs, to the man down the pub, further dividing the nation.

Drop the dead donkey.

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Bye bye Raab! Evil weasel!

 

If this continues, I will support Hammond and May for the rest of their time in "Government".

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2 minutes ago, Small Joke said:

This entire 'dogs brexit' just needs to be eighty-sixed already.

No second 'referendumb', no more wasted tax cash that could have gone to the NHS, or re-nationalising the shambolic privatised railways, or almost any other national need.

It's tied up government since the vote, and NOBODY but nobody can agree, from the toffs, to the man down the pub, further dividing the nation.

Drop the dead donkey.

Have no fear, Jeremy will be along shortly to fulfil all your fantasies.....and then some.

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I'm sorry for my British friends. I wonder whether May is able to fill the cabinet posts with more moderate people or will she be forced to resign?

 

Then what?

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Please, please, oh Please let it be Esther McFey next. Purlease. Pretty please!

 

Look, we all like a bit of rough occasionally but this one is beyond the pale. 

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4 minutes ago, simoh1490 said:

She's toast.

Altruism garnished with a flourish of reality and a sprinkle of common sense served lightly toasted 

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