UK PM May seeks unity amid Brexit resignations

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May moved to reassert her authority on Tuesday after two top Cabinet members quit and launched broadsides against her Brexit plans, winning support from many of her ministers including a leading eurosceptic.

May said she had chaired a “productive” meeting of her government, unswayed by the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit negotiator David Davis that rocked the government on Monday.

May was forced to carry out a reshuffle by appointing Jeremy Hunt as the new Foreign Secretary and Dominic Raab as the new Brexit minister. She warned the Tory party it must unite or face the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in power.

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a “business-friendly” Brexit. She looks set on facing down a rebellion in her Conservative Party, where hardline Brexit supporters are livid over her plans to negotiate “a free trade area for goods” with the EU. One described accepting EU rules as “the ultimate betrayal”.

Now, Russia hopes for better UK ties

The Kremlin said it hoped to see an improvement in ties with the UK after Boris Johnson resigned as Britain’s foreign minister in disagreement over the country’s Brexit strategy. “We are waiting for things to clear up politically in Britain,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, suggesting “Moscow was not too sad to see the minister go”.