Boris Johnson Resigns Over Conflict With Prime Minister’s Approach Towards Brexit

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Boris Johnson Resigns Over Conflict With Prime Minister's Approach Towards Brexit

Boris Johnson resigned from the position of the foreign minister in the British governmen over the alleged conflict with Prime Minister Theresa May’s policy over Brexit.

The Guardian writes (source):

“The prime minister hammered out a compromise with her deeply divided cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday but after consulting friends and allies Johnson decided he could not promote the deal.

Pressure on the foreign secretary had been mounting since fellow pro-Brexiter David Davis resigned as Brexit secretary on Sunday night, swiftly followed by his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work.”

Friends said Johnson had been finalising his resignation letter, but Downing Street announced his departure before he had completed it.

After the Chequers summit, it emerged that Johnson had referred to attempts to sell May’s Brexit plan as being akin to “polishing a turd”.

As the flamboyant public face of the Vote Leave campaign, his departure will deepen the sense of crisis around May, and increase the chances that she could face a vote of no confidence.”

The key issue behind the conflict is May’s “soft plan” for Brexit. She claims that her plan is “the best way to honour” the result of the 2016 EU referendum. However, this attitude harldy finds support among Brexit supporters.

Johnson’s resignation letter:

Dear Theresa,

It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

We have postponed crucial decisions — including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November — with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws. Indeed we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts. We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told that we had to wait for the EU to legislate on the matter.

So at the previous Chequers session we thrashed out an elaborate procedure for divergence from EU rules. But even that now seems to have been taken off the table, and there is in fact no easy UK right of initiative. Yet if Brexit is to mean anything, it must surely give Ministers and Parliament the chance to do things differently to protect the public. If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists —when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government — then I don’t see how that country can truly be called independent.

Conversely, the British Government has spent decades arguing against this or that EU directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health — and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony — and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK — before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them. Indeed, I was concerned, looking at Friday’s document, that there might be further concessions on immigration, or that we might end up effectively paying for access to the single market.

On Friday I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail, and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward. As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing. The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat.

We must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

I am proud to have served as Foreign Secretary in your Government. As I step down, I would like first to thank the patient officers of the Metropolitan Police who have looked after me and my family, at times in demanding circumstances.
I am proud too of the extraordinary men and women of our diplomatic service. Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record international support for this Government’s campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe — a continent which we will never leave.

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  • Wise Gandalf

    Bad news for Putin(thebear´sass)

    • Mike

      Eat shit solomon kupec, braindead jew.

  • Tudor Miron

    Rats are starting to flee the sinking ship./Крысы бегут с корабля.

    • as

      More like rats trying to change colors. Where they could flee anyway ? They keep burning of their bridges.

    • Wise Gandalf

      you know nothing

      • Mike

        Israeli swamp rat solomon kupec.

  • Jesus

    Good riddance, you lying joker!

    • as

      Yeah make me smile the moment i see the news. There’s an interesting article about this in moonofalabama

    • Wise Gandalf

      he is putins friend

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        He is Trumpolicity’s friend and used Trivago trip manager!

      • Mike

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      • peter

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      • World_Eye

        Fuck you Troll

    • Zionism = EVIL

      This retard is a complete moron even by Tory low standards. Trump will miss his clone.

  • leon mc pilibin

    The rothschild prince has gone,and hopefully for good,,but this churchill wannabe will probably be elected prime minister when May the tranny resigns.What a nightmare that will be.

  • Mike

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  • georgeking

    Oh Dear, how can the UK find a bigger clown now, Trump is spoken for by the US.

  • peter

    Finaly is gone wanker and unprofesional idiot !

  • paul ( original )

    The Guardian is not any sort of reliable source for a topic like this.
    Indeed it’s not a good source on any topic . I don’t know where this
    event will lead . May has been a catastrophic for her party taking it
    to a General Election flop last year , when it could have been a triumph.
    Hopefully she will be gone before October. I know form some direct
    experience that she is not popular in the Party. It could be that Johnson
    will come back as PM. May be Mogg will come through.
    So the opportunity for improvement exists.

  • World_Eye

    NICE screw you knucklehead, you monster, both you and teressa at least one monster less.

  • World_Eye

    Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals.

    Hah lol “Highly Likely”

    Shave those 28 countries in your as*, and the Skripals, your perfect double spies actors, Russian Spies LOL man hit that head of yours in ground and blow it up as “Watermelon” please in fast times as possible.
    If someone poison you with Novichok you don’t just recover or survive or whatever, you DIE INSTAN.
    But Highly Likely not according to UK they are experts when coming to poissons.