After quitting, Boris Johnson says Brexit 'dream is dying'


May has spent the past few days responding as first Secretary David Davis exited and then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit, saying May's plans for future relations with the European Union did not live up to their idea of the exit.

Under the proposals, the United Kingdom will "maintain a common rulebook for all goods" with the European Union, including agricultural products, after Brexit, as well as creating a "combined customs territory" at the border.

What has been outlined so far has sparked a backlash from Brexiteers and prompted the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson. Brexit-supporting lawmakers were angered by the proposals, saying they would keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.

The UK's opposition Labour Party, led by socialist Jeremy Corbyn, has taken a lead over the Conservative Party as Prime Minister Theresa May's government grapples with a crisis over Brexit, according to two opinion polls. Against such a disorganised attack the EU's defence will certainly feel increasingly confident'.

"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense". Nonetheless, rather like most of the Cabinet, a compromise on the issue seemed the best deal available.

With numbers tight in the Commons, the prime minister - who relies on Northern Ireland's DUP to win key votes - would be vulnerable to any rebellion among Eurosceptic MPs as she tries to pass key laws needed for Brexit preparation. Her party is divided into hard-and-soft Brexit factions and she has the impossible task of keeping them on the same page.

He added: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go". Steve Baker also resigned as a junior Brexit minister.

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Speaking at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mrs May repeated her assertion that the Chequers agreement delivered on her Brexit red lines - leaving the EU's single market and customs union.

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He says the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", and that Britain is "headed to the status of a colony", having to swallow European Union writ without "any ability to influence these laws as they are made".

"Stunned that this was all one of the main architects of Brexit had to offer, all I could say was 'you know what Boris, I'd noticed".

The customs bill - formally known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, will give the government the power to adopt a new customs policy after it leaves the EU.

He said: 'With most people asleep, a small number of us worked on the prime minister's Florence speech late into the night trying to get the critical and complicated section on the future regulatory relationship right.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph she said Mrs May's plan was "catastrophically bad" and a "disaster for the Conservative Party".