'British PM May urges her party to back EU Brexit plan'

'British PM May urges her party to back EU Brexit plan'

His departure could embolden Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers - who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the European Union - to challenge her leadership.

Britain on Wednesday geared up for the arrival of Donald Trump just hours after the USA president waded into the Brexit crisis gripping Prime Minister Theresa May's government and portrayed the closest US ally in Europe as a country in turmoil. "The fact the eccentric Foreign Secretary [Johnson] followed him confirms the presence of serious problems in the Theresa May cabinet", he said. "I've always liked him".

"They'll keep going, one by one, until she either junks Chequers or goes", the MP was quoted as saying. He replied: "Yes. We will make everything possible - if the President wants to do something we will make it possible".

British and European Union officials are hoping to strike a deal on the terms of Britain's withdrawal and agree to a plan for future trade ties in time for an European Union summit in October.

He said her business-friendly plan would leave Britain closely tied to the bloc, ultimately killing the prospect of a trade deal between the United States and Britain.

Johnson quit Monday with an incendiary letter accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" and flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union. Brexit-supporting lawmakers were angered by the proposals, saying they would keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world. The pound rose half a percent earlier in the European session as traders focused on the increased likelihood of a "soft Brexit" in which the United Kingdom and EU retain close trade ties.

In mid-afternoon trade, the pound recovered some of those losses, last at $1.326, following the news that UK Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said he did not expect a vote of confidence against the prime minister.

"I have a very good relationship".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he did not feel Britain should be "rolling out the red carpet" to Mr Trump. Previously left his post, the closest ally of the former foreign Minister, British Minister for Brexit David Davies.

May has said she will fight off any attempt to unseat her.

EU-British talks are to resume Monday as scheduled with Britain's new Brexit minister, Europe's chief negotiator said, refusing to comment on political turmoil in London following twin dramatic cabinet resignations.

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