He said selling the policy would “stick in the throat” and he could not stand by waving “white flags” of surrender, meaning he had to quit.
“Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home …”
Mr Bradley said that the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers would damage the UK’s opportunities to develop global trade and be “an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny” following Brexit.
Mr Howlin welcomed the UK’s proposed backstop, that it would match European Union trade tariffs temporarily in order to avoid a hard Irish border post-Brexit. “We will do this in a way which will be a smooth and orderly Brexit”.
Walkouts on Tuesday by a pair of little-known Tory vice-chairs, Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield, did not have the impact of Johnson’s resignation, and the party’s campaign machine will roll on smoothly without them.
“I wish them both well as they return to the backbenches to serve their constituents”. But within 48 hours Davis had quit, saying she had already given too much away to the European Union, and Johnson followed. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.
The delay has been partly blamed on deep disagreements within the Conservative Party over what shape Brexit should take. Mr Rees-Mogg refused to support her and said that “she would be well advised to revisit her Brexit policy”.
Yet another housing minister has been appointed after Dominic Raab was made Brexit Secretary this morning following David Davis’s resignation.
Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that the deal she forged at Chequers last week “delivers on the vote that people gave on Brexit” in the 2016 referendum.
Speaking during Leader’s Questions in the Dail, Mr Varadkar also emphasised he wants the best agreement for Ireland on the future of the border, not the quickest.
Asked if she could survive, he replied: “Oh yes, of course”.
Nadine Dorries, the outspoken Bedfordshire MP, said: “I think that we in this room, while being reasonable, need to feel some steel in our spines”.
Mr Rees-Mogg – considered by some a favourite for leadership – expected Mrs May to remain at least until the official date of Brexit in March 2019.
May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of euroskeptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.
“Having said this, we congratulate Kit Malthouse, who we look forward to working with to tackle the various challenges”.
Commentators have also observed a new firmness shown by May in the negotiations and her increasingly overt challenge to the “Brexiteers” to try to take her down. It’s a good thing that we have proposals on the table. He is considered a shrewd negotiator and was described as a “focused, forensic minister” by a former colleague.
Numerous prime minister’s supporters believe she would win a contest and cement her authority; but May would face a leadership challenge if she lost, with Johnson among the potential candidates.