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'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells parliament

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells parliament

She said that she and other senior Tory lawmakers favor a new vote.

A bristling Mrs May insisted at "absolutely no point" had that happened because "Brexit continues to mean Brexit".

While Mr Johnson was cautious not to attack the Prime Minister personally, he pulled no punches over her Chequers deal, which he said amounted to "Brexit in name only" and he was unable to accept it or support it.

He said the electorate would rather a politician who stood up for their own beliefs, rather than one who tried to support a policy they thought was wrong.

"That was the vision that the Prime Minister rightly described previous year".

Baker revealed that the Brexiteer-led department was a "Potemkin structure" devised in the wake of the referendum to provide a veneer of credibility to the Remain-supporting Prime Minister's promise to deliver a clean Brexit from the European Union, its Single Market, and associated Free Movement regime - while the EU unit at May's Cabinet Office, led by career bureaucrat and Soviet Union admirer Olly Robbins, undermined all of its work behind the scenes.

Eurosceptic Conservatives are planning to vote against the government on several amendments to the trade bill.

Johnson, who led the main Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned as foreign secretary on Monday over May's strategy which he said was killing the "Brexit dream".

"The inevitable effect of the parliamentary arithmetic is that she will need to change it to keep the party united", he told BBC television.

May's government published a white paper last week with long-awaited proposals for Britain's relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next year.




Mr Davis told BBC's Newsnight: "I made a decision which was based on a difference of principle".

"Others saying perhaps we cannot have the bill at all".

"We must try now because we will not get another chance to do it right". "That would be damaging to our "no deal" preparations".

He said it was a "well-intentioned attempt to do Brexit whilst minimising the economic disruption", but it would not work and lead to a "confused outcome", with Britain bound by European Union rules but unable to change them.

But the former foreign secretary was mocked by pro-EU MPs.

Labour MP John Mann said some of his colleagues could back May's proposals.

Disgruntled Brexiteers need to muster 48 MPs' signatures to secure a vote of no confidence, and 159 Tories' votes to oust Mrs May and trigger a summer-long battle for the leadership, with possible candidates including Mr Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and maybe Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The Mail on Sunday said Conservative Brexiteers are sharpening their knives for the prime minister amid swirling rumours that they will oust her as leader unless she abandons her "soft Brexit" plans.

US President Donald Trump, who visited Britain last week, told May that under whatever deal she comes to with Brussels, she must ensure Britain is free to strike its own trade arrangements with the United States once it leaves the EU.

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