Theresa May Chequers Brexit plan in front of European Union leaders

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"I think what he is going to do it basically say "yes Prime Minister" and do the job".

It led to a minor Cabinet reshuffle, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt taking over as foreign secretary and Matt Hancock taking over health.

"Before he came into politics he was in business, that will help a lot".

Under May's proposal, the United Kingdom would stay wedded to the European Union standards for the trade and goods and collect European Union tariffs on the bloc's behalf, in order to preserve frictionless trade and the open Irish border.

Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield, who were apparently vice-chairs of the Conservative Party, resigned their posts because of their opposition to Theresa May's Chequers policy set out last week.

Mr Bradley said in his resignation letter that the Chequers plan would damage the UK's opportunities to develop global trade and be "an outward-looking nation in control of our own destiny" following Brexit.

It comes as federal minister Christopher Pyne reassured the United Kingdom that Australia will have a good relationship with the country's new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt following Boris Johnson's resignation.

On a stage shared with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, May outlined again why she still believes in her plan despite two senior ministers resigning.

She added: "The policy may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out".

"This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party", said the Lewes MP.

Rumours continue to swirl in Westminster that the Prime Minister's critics are close to gathering the 48 names required to trigger a vote of confidence in her leadership.

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