British Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration has imploded as two of her top four ministers have resigned over the last 24 hours to protest her soft Brexit plan which will keep Britain with strong economic ties to the European Union.
May’s Brexit plan — agreed by the cabinet on Friday in the hope of unblocking negotiations with Brussels due to resume on Monday — has now cost her two of her top four ministers, throwing her administration and authority into turmoil.
The first blow came on Sunday when Brexit minister David Davis declared that he could not support May’s plan, calling it “dangerous.”
“It seems to me we’re giving too much away, too easily, and that’s a dangerous strategy at this time,” Davis said on Monday.
The second blow to May’s administration came on Monday when Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned, leaving “May badly exposed at the top of a government unable to unite over Britain’s biggest foreign and trading policy shift in almost half a century,” Reuters reported.
I am proud to have served as Foreign Secretary. It is with sadness that I step down: here is my letter explaining why. pic.twitter.com/NZXzUZCjdF
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 9, 2018
The resignations have shattered the public’s trust in May, Sky News reports:
Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations – up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017.
Just 22% now trust her to get the best possible deal, down 32 points from last year, with 14% unsure.
The people’s overwhelming distrust in May, coupled with the loss of two of her top officials, could trigger a “no-confidence vote” against May.
A no-confidence vote from a Member of Parliament (MP) means that the MP believes the Prime Minister is no longer fit to continue serving in their government role.
“If a new government with the support of the majority of MPs cannot be formed with 14 calendar days, Parliament is dissolved and an early General Election is triggered,” iNews notes.