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Boris Johnson: Britain Flying 'White Flags' of Surrender

In his resignation letter as foreign secretary, he slams Theresa May's Brexit strategy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 9, 2018 3:07 PM CDT
Boris Johnson is out as British foreign secretary.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, FILE)

(Newser) – So how goes British politics Monday? Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit, the second cabinet member to do so in 24 hours, prompting the main BBC story to include phrases such as "full-blown crisis," "meltdown," and "complete and utter chaos." The Guardian prefers "disarray," while the Wall Street Journal likes "turmoil." And so on. It all revolves around Prime Minister Theresa May's newly hashed-out Brexit strategy. Pro-Brexit hard-liners, including Johnson, think May wants to keep too-cozy ties with the European Union after Britain formally leaves the bloc. The details:

  • On second thought: The flamboyant Johnson initially supported May's plan, which she hammered out with her cabinet late last week, though he begrudgingly referred to it as "polishing a turd," per the Guardian. After a weekend of consulting with allies, Johnson apparently decided he couldn't go along with it after all. Read his resignation letter here, in which he says the UK is "headed for the status of colony" and accuses May of flying "white flags" of surrender in the EU negotiations.

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