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Resignations and controversy in the U.K. about the economic deal after BREXIT

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday. Mrs May’s office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Mr Johnson’s resignation and would name a replacement soon.

Mr Johnson, one of the best-known and most flamboyant members of the government, quit just hours after the resignation late on Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government’s top Brexit official. Mr Davis said he could not support Mrs May’s plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU. The resignations came just days after Mrs May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU. Britain and the EU hope to reach broad agreement by October so that EU national parliaments can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU “will continue to negotiate in good will, bona fide, with Mrs May and the UK government negotiators in order to reach a deal”.

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Boris Jonson and BREXIT Secretary David Davis, both resigned

The plan which seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products is at the moment controversial. In the resignation letter, Mr Davis said the “‘common rule book’ policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense”. “I’d have to deliver this. I’d have to do something I didn’t believe in,” Davis told to media.

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