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United Kingdom Officials Resign

Ely Almendarez, Intern, Europe

July 13, 2018

On Monday, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned their positions (Reuters 1). The resignations come days after Prime Minister Theresa May secured an agreement from senior ministers on an exit strategy for Brexit (Reuters 2). According to Davis, UK leaders were “giving away too much and too easily” to the European Union (BBC 1), and not returning sovereignty (NPR 1). He insisted he only disagreed with May’s strategy but continues to support her as Prime Minister (Politico).

However, this may not be the case for Johnson (Politico). In his letter of resignation, he stated, “Brexit should be about opportunity and hope… that dream is dying…” (BBC 2). Johnson voiced his concern that the government will not be able to make individual laws and impede free trade deals by surrendering control (BBC 2). Former Housing Secretary Dominic Raab and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have replaced Davis and Johnson, respectively (NPR 2).

 

Sources:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-davis/brexit-secretary-david-davis-resigns-over-eu-exit-plan-source-idUKKBN1JY10M

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44761056

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/09/627199204/britains-brexit-secretary-abruptly-quits-throwing-deal-to-leave-eu-in-doubt

https://www.politico.eu/article/boris-johnson-resigns/

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44772804

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/09/627254510/boris-johnson-resigns-from-u-k-s-foreign-secretary-post

 


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