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Airbus boss Enders backs UK PM May's latest Brexit position

11 July 2018

The Prime Minister received a rousing reception from Conservative MPs at last night's meeting of the 1922 Committee, and chaired a meeting of her new Cabinet this morning which she described as "productive".

Nigel Farage said he was pleased former Brexit Secretary David Davis and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had resigned.

Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns said she believed that Mrs May's time as Prime Minister was "over", telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme that she wanted a premier who would "provide true leadership and a positive post-Brexit vision for our country".

The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

The government now has a song to sing.

Yesterday, when Johnson was supposed to be hosting a summit on the Western Balkans, Downing Street announced he had also gone.

The Prime Minister was greeted by loud cheers from Tory MPs and shouts of "resign" from the opposition benches as she arrived to deliver a statement in which she said her proposals would deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest... the right Brexit deal for Britain".

Both men have proven their loyalty to May in recent months.

Many Brexit campaigners still hope for a vote of confidence to oust May, but it is unlikely that they have the numbers. Her spokesman said the cabinet had discussed the publication of a "white paper" policy document on Britain's future ties with the European Union and stepping up preparations for any no-deal outcome to the negotiations with Brussels.

But for a brief time, it appeared that Theresa May had finally silenced the bickering and stopped the backstabbing over Brexit on July 6 following a day-long cabinet meeting at her country residence, Chequers.

All we have asked from the Prime Minister, is that she sticks to what she has promised on repeated occasions, when she declared that "Brexit means Brexit" and pledged to take back control of our money, borders and laws.

Merkel, a key voice in Brussels, said the other 27 European Union members would give a joint response, "but it's good that the proposals are on the table - that much I can say already, without going into details".

"The government now has a song to sing", he said. "The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat".

British Prime Minister Theresa May won support from many of her ministers, including a leading eurosceptic, on Tuesday after two top cabinet members quit saying her Brexit plan was too half-hearted. She added that she was "sorry, and a little surprised" at his resignation after the discussions in Chequers.

May replaced Johnson with a loyalist, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, and gave Davis' job to Dominic Raab in a bid to shore up her authority. Baker was replaced by Chris Heaton-Harris, another Brexiter, who sparked controversy a year ago after asking universities to supply details of their teaching on the EU. Hardcore Brexiteers, not surprisingly, suspect that, even before serious negotiations with Brussels have commenced, the British government is making concessions that go against their interpretation of what the British people voted for in June 2016.

A senior Brussels source insisted they were unruffled by Davis's resignation, dismissing it as "UK politics".

Airbus boss Enders backs UK PM May's latest Brexit position