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More than 200,000 sign People's Vote petition after Cabinet resignations

More than 200,000 sign People's Vote petition after Cabinet resignations

Brexit has been a source of intense confusion and uncertainty pretty much since the vote got passed back in 2016, but this week has been manic even by normal standards. "The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", he wrote.

May's government was rocked Monday by the resignations of Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the staunchest of Brexit hardliners, went so far as to say that May's Chequers deal is worse than a no-deal hard Brexit, something that would see Britain crashing out of the European Union with no trade deal and the rights of European Union citizens within the United Kingdom disappearing overnight (and vice-versa).

Mrs May insists her plans are the "the best way to honour" the Brexit vote, amid a deepening political crisis.

With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

The plan agreed at May´s country retreat at Chequers would involve Britain pursuing a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods that would involve regulatory alignment with the EU.

"I would be surprised if one [a leadership contest] is precipitated and if there is, I suspect she'd win it", he said. In her statement to members of Parliament, May acknowledged the splits in her government, saying of the ministers who quit: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum".




David had become unnerved by the Brexit plan agreed by Theresa May's cabinet during the week.

When asked whether May would contest any vote on a confidence motion in her leadership, her spokesman said: "Yes".

That makes negotiating a deal with the European Union very hard: The bloc has said that Britain can't pick and choose the "four freedoms" (free movement of goods, capital, services, and people) and have an "a la carte" Brexit. In one instance, he blamed Sinn Féin for Ireland's stance on the border.

Mrs May came under pressure from prominent Tory Brexiteers on the backbenches, with ex-leader Iain Duncan Smith urging her to rule out further concessions during the talks.

"Boris goes in for the kill" is the Daily Mail's headline, with the paper warning the "day of chaos" has left the PM fighting for her survival.

May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab as the country's new Brexit secretary.