Boris Johnson accuses PM May of 'dithering' on Brexit in resignation speech

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest Credit dan kitwood getty images

The Chequers agreement, named after the prime minister's countryside retreat, shifted the government's position in a soft Brexit direction.

The prime minister herself was absent, as she was giving evidence to MPs on the Commons liaison committee, where she faced a tough grilling from Brexit hardliners.

Johnson, a thorn in May's side when he was in office, used a parliamentary convention to explain his decision to resign from government 10 days after quitting.

While Mr Johnson was cautious not to attack the Prime Minister personally, he pulled no punches over her Chequers deal, which he said amounted to "Brexit in name only" and he was unable to accept it or support it.

On Monday, May infuriated lawmakers who wanted to keep the closest possible ties with the European Union when she chose to accept a number of demands by hardline pro-Brexit members.

It comes as the new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab faces off with the EU's Michel Barnier for the first time today - as Brussels raises threats of no deal chaos.

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By prevailing in Tuesday's vote, she avoided for now the prospect of having to go back on her word that Britain will not be part of any customs union after leaving the EU - something that would have enraged the pro-Brexit wing of her party.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson read out a personal statement in Commons earlier in which he took a veiled swipe at Russian Federation, outlined his opposition to Theresa May's Brexit plan, and said "it's not too late to save Brexit".

"We have time, we have changed tact once and we can change again", he said.

"The Chequers agreement, the white paper are the basis for our negotiation with the European Union and we have already started those negotiations", she told Parliament.

"We have got a mission in government and it is serious".

But the pro-EU lawmakers lost Tuesday by six votes - 307 to 301.

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After narrowly escaping defeat in parliament earlier this week over her proposal for leaving the EU, May signaled she would not drop her proposal for Britain's future relationship with bloc - the biggest shift in its foreign and trade policy for nearly half a century.

Johnson, to a chorus of "hear, hear" that required the Speaker to issue a warning, said the Northern Ireland border issue had become "so politically charged as to dominate the debate".

"A fog of self-doubt has descended", he said.

Davies said the plan on trade is "unacceptable" and raised concerns that May being unable to deliver on Brexit negotiations with the European Union would 'almost certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister'.

Ms Soubry said she did not believe Mrs May was in charge any more.

In a rowdy PMQs, Mrs May also accused Mr Corbyn of being "plain wrong" over his interpretation of the Government's Brexit approach before criticising the Labour leader's decision to protest against US President Donald Trump. "We agreed to hand over a £40 billion exit fee, with no discussion of our future economic relationship".

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