'I'm a little surprised': Theresa May's reply to Boris Johnson's resignation

Theresa May and David Davis

Ms. May has faced a backlash over the plan from Brexit hardliners in her Conservative Party, who say it gives too many concessions to the European Union, but she has support from moderates and there has been no formal challenge to her leadership.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.

May has hung on to power longer than many expected after she lost her majority in a June 2017 snap election that she had called in hopes of strengthening her hand in Brexit talks.

Brussels has warned that Theresa May's Brexit proposals must be workable in order to avoid a no deal scenario as the Government reveals details of its controversial European Union withdrawal plans. The cold realities of business opportunities, and not historic nostalgia, will decide India's future engagements with the UK.

He is set to add: "It would take the United Kingdom out of the single market and the customs union".

Mr Johnson, who was the face of Brexit for many in Britain, said Mrs May was heading for a semi-Brexit.

He told MPs the Government believes "it is possible" to negotiate free trade deals after Brexit under the plans.

British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Tuesday that her plan to retain close ties with the European Union "absolutely keeps faith" with voters' decision to leave the bloc, as she tried to restore government unity after the resignations of two top ministers over Brexit.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

The plan has unleashed a rebellion by Brexit hardliners who fear it may prevent Britain from concluding free-trade agreements with third countries and effectively turn the country into a "vassal state" or "colony" of the EU.

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The two departures shatter May´s own proclamation of cabinet unity last Friday, when she believed she had, after two years of wrangling, secured agreement on Britain´s biggest foreign and trading policy shift in nearly half a century.

"I had with David Davis a frank and cordial relationship, and now I will work next Monday with this negotiator appointed by Mrs May", he told AFP.

"As a outcome there will be no business as usual because of the Brexit".

Addressing Parliament on Monday, May told MPs that she and the two ministers were at odds over "the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum".

Her proposal would see Britain adopt European Union rules for trade in goods after Brexit, but maintain flexibility for its key services sector and end freedom of movement.

Their departures, followed by a clutch of junior aides, destabilised May's government and revived talk of a leadership challenge against her.

Above a picture of her cabinet, including her new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and Brexit minister Dominic Raab, May tweeted: "Productive Cabinet meeting this morning - looking ahead to a busy week".

"He's been very, very supportive and very nice to me. It's not even an accidental betrayal, it was planned and plotted well in advance", said Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen.

Leavers who try to stop the prime minister's "soft Brexit" risk wrecking the whole process of withdrawal and toppling the government, Mr Davies said.

"But I come back to this point, if people don't like this proposal what is their alternative?"

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