THERESA MAY unveiled her new-look cabinet yesterday after the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.
She had seen off an immediate leadership challenge on Monday evening after losing her Brexit secretary and foreign secretary, who quit over her plans for future relations with the EU.
But the prime minister was hit by more resignations yesterday with Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield quitting as Tory vice-chairs, warning that Mrs May’s policy risks ‘handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10’.
But other pro-Brexit ministers rallied behind the PM. Environment secretary Michael Gove said he would ‘absolutely not’ resign and insisted Mrs May had ‘100 per cent’ of his support. International trade secretary Liam Fox shook his head and said ‘no’ when asked if he would follow his colleagues and resign.
Mrs May tweeted a picture of the cabinet with new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. ‘Productive cabinet meeting this morning — looking ahead to a busy week,’ she wrote, ‘And sending our best wishes to @England for tomorrow!’ She was given a boost by EU negotiator Michel Barnier who said he was ‘determined’ to finalise the Brexit deal by November.
‘After 12 months of negotiations, we have agreed on 80 per cent of the negotiations,’ he said. ‘Our next negotiations will be next Monday with the British delegation appointed by Mrs May.’