Top UK diplomat Boris Johnson quits as Brexit tensions jolt government

Anti-Brexit campaigners bring their message to Whitehall. The EU believes Theresa May’s Brexit plan amounts to “cherry-picking” from the single market

Ms May told the House of Commons that both Mr Davis and Mr Johnson had made important contributions to Britain, but did not agree with her about "the best way" of delivering Brexit.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson waves as he leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, Jun 28, 2018.

The two resignations leave Mrs May badly exposed at the top of a government unable to unite over Britain's biggest foreign and trading policy shift in nearly half a decade.

Jacob Rees-Mogg says Brexit Secretary David Davis's resignation is a "real hope" for "rescuing Brexit".

With less than nine months before Britain leaves and just over three before the European Union says it wants a deal, May has been forced to show her cards that she will commit the country to pursuing the closest possible trading ties with the EU.

Britain and the European Union hope to reach broad agreement by October so that European Union national parliaments can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. "The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work".

British media reported that junior Brexit minister Steve Baker had also stepped down.

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After Cameron resigned following defeat in the Brexit referendum, Davis was appointed back into government by May, Cameron's replacement.

The plan seeks to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.

After a day when the Foreign Secretary cancelled meetings for crisis talks at his official residence in central London, Johnson chose to walk from his job - just hours after May's Brexit minister David Davis did the same in protest at her plans.

Some Brexit-supporting lawmakers are angry at the proposals, saying they will keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world. "Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign".

Top EU officials said Brexit was becoming a mess for Europe following the resignations.

"I'd have to deliver this".

His departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. "I'd have to do something I didn't believe in", he told the BBC.

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