Boris Johnson Resigns as UK’s Foreign Secretary, Says May Killing Brexit ‘Dream’

Boris Johnson Resigns as UK’s Foreign Secretary, Says May Killing Brexit ‘Dream’

The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced his resignation from the Cabinet of UK Prime Minister Theresa May a day after Brexit Secretary David Davis did the same.

Both high profile resignations have come after at the end of last week Prime Minister May got the Cabinet to back her Brexit plan which stipulates “a free trade for goods” of the UK and the EU, while excluding the vast British services sector.

In his resignation letter, Boris Johnson declared that the Brexit “dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt”, and essentially accused May of killing it.

He said the Prime Minister was leading the UK into a “semi-Brexit” with the “status of a colony”.

Following are excerpts from Boris Johnson’s resignation letter to May:

“It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

We have postponed crucial decisions – including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November – with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws…

Conversely, the British government has spent decades arguing against this or that EU directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health – and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony – and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK – before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them. Indeed, I was concerned, looking at Friday’s document, that there might be further concessions on immigration, or that we might end up effectively paying for access to the single market.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to have adopted a rather staunch stance on her Brexit plan, with The Times reporting, without citing sources, that she told senior allies she would fire Foreign Secretary Borish Johnson if he woudl try “to undermine the peace deal”.

Boris Johnson’s parliamentary private secretary Conor Burn has also stepped down. Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the British government. Housing Minister Dominic Raab has replaced David Davis as Brexit Secretary.

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