The British government led by Theresa May seems to be in crisis as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis quit her cabinet.
The two Brexit hardliners oppose her plan to have strong economic ties with EU even after their country leaves the bloc.
In his resignation letter, Johnson said Britain’s Brexit dream is dying as it is suffocated by needless self-doubt and is heading for a ‘semi-Brexit’ status.
The double blow comes days after May got the backing from senior ministers on an EU exit plan.
May accepted his resignation and named Jeremy Hunt as the new Foreign Secretary. Dominic Rabb will replace Davis.
May said she was surprised to receive Johnson’s resignation letter after he agreed to her Brexit plan.
Johnson, in his letter, said he could not back her proposals and was left with no option but to step down.
He skipped a recent meeting of the Cobra emergencies committee and a summit of western Balkan nations in London raising speculation on his possible resignation.
While quitting, Davis said May was giving too much away, too easily in her latest Brexit proposals. However, he wanted her to continue as prime minister.
Commenting on the resignations of Johnson and Davis, European Council President Donald Tusk said the idea of Brexit may disappear.
Tusk said while politicians come and go, the problems they create for their people remain. He described Brexit as the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations.