Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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Interrupted only by a near-death electoral experience when Conservatives lost their majority in parliament in June 2017, May's tenure has been a never-ending party feud marked by frequent and intemperate public statements from several cabinet ministers, especially her now-former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

Hunt, who had been the health secretary, is considered one of May's most loyal ministers.

The entire 29-member cabinet, including Brexiteers Boris Johnson and David Davis, secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed to Theresa May's newest plan to prevent a hard border with Ireland and keep the flow of goods and agricultural products undisrupted...until 48 hours later when they didn't.

Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary by Mrs May after Davis' resignation.

The slew of resignations could possibly point to members of Parliament demanding a vote of no confidence in May, even though her team is confident that their Brexit plan would pass if it gets put to a vote.

If she chose to fight, she would need the support of more than 50% of Conservative MPs - now 159 - in the confidence vote to stay in office.

Just 30% of Britons think Theresa May is the best Conservative to lead Brexit negotiations, with 44% saying someone else within the party would be better suited, and 26% answered that they don't know.

Nervousness over Mrs May's position has been compounded since Britain's relations with Europe have instrumental in the departures of the previous three British prime ministers from her party. "It should be a chance to do things differently", adding "that dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt". But the Brussels establishment is still likely to baulk at provisions which they regard as "cherry-picking" the advantages of European Union membership while dodging obligations.

He told the BBC that "good sense seems to be breaking out" as a string of supportive ministers - including the new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt - publicly backed Mrs May.

There have been differences within the Conservatives over how far the United Kingdom should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people.

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"It takes 48 Conservative members out of a total of 60 to trigger a leadership challenge; however, we are unlikely to see the challenge happen because there is not yet the belief that they have the numbers to effectively oust Theresa May", Hoez added.

"We will work it out and all countries will be happy". But, after much speculation, Mr Johnson announced he would not enter the Conservative leadership race when his ally Michael Gove announced he was running.

David Davis' decision to resign from the cabinet has left the government in chaos.

A senior Brussels source insisted they were unruffled by Davis's resignation, dismissing it as "UK politics".

The carefully choreographed meeting last week resulted in a deal May believed her cabinet had signed up to, which would create a "UK-EU free trade area" for goods, governed by a "common rule book".

Mr Trump also reiterated his calls for the European Union to lower barriers to U.S. imports and for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to pay more towards their own defence.

But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think she would face a leadership challenge.

Mrs May told MPs that the plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers was the basis of a "responsible and credible" offer to restart renegotiations with the EU.

He said the approach outlined at Chequers could have an input into talks on the future UK EU relationship.

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