May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

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By last night (July 9), three ministers-including Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson-had spectacularly resigned within the space of 24 hours.

Just 48 hours ago, the former Vote Leave leader's position was that while May's customs plan, which would keep us bound by European Union rules in perpetuity, was a "turd", he was still willing to sell it.

Hunt, who served as the health secretary, was assigned to his new role late on Monday hours after Johnson handed in his resignation letter to May.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not believe there would be a vote of confidence in Mrs May by Tory MPs, but called on her to change her Brexit stance as he attacked the Cabinet deal on European Union withdrawal hammered out at a summit at Chequers last week.

Described by news site BirminghamLive as the "most popular potential replacement for Theresa May", Home Secretary Javid is widely regarded as one of the front runners for the top role.

Her position has echoes with the downfall of Margaret Thatcher, who stood down in 1990 after two senior Cabinet ministers left because of her hard-line policy towards Europe and disagreements over the influence of a senior adviser.

"I was elected to represent my constituents and the Prime Minister's team needs to be aware that backbench MPs won't sit idly by and allow a so-called "soft Brexit" with us being half-in, half-out", Andrea Jenkyns wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

If a number of would-be leaders are nominated, the list is whittled down to a shortlist of two by MPs before being put to party members in the country.

Mr Trump also reiterated his calls for the European Union to lower barriers to U.S. imports and for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to pay more towards their own defence.

The former home secretary Amber Rudd accused Mr Johnson of "backseat driving" in the Brexit negotiations in September previous year.

May´s Conservative opponents could trigger a confidence vote against her if at least 48 MPs support it, but to actually force her from office 159 MPs would have to vote against her - a figure hardliners may not be able to reach.

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But the chaos surrounding the government will not die down any time soon-the contingent supporting a hard Brexit is more angry than ever.

Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May's Brexit strategy, saying the "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

"I think it is right that the cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don't do that then they have to go", Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC radio.

May was thought to have united her Cabinet last week over the Chequers plan, which would see the U.K. leave the single market but follow a "common rule book" for trade with the EU.

The controversy didn't stop Mr Johnson from publicly slamming the government's Brexit approach again months later.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said: "Theresa May's Government is in meltdown".

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

May's personal authority was badly damaged after she called a snap election a year ago to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks but instead she lost her parliamentary majority, meaning she has to rely on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

But the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson said Mrs May was "correct to accept the Foreign Secretary's resignation".

"For the good of this country and its people, the government needs to get its act together and do it quickly and if it can't, make way for those who can", he said.