France’s foreign minister has said it would not grant the UK an extensionbeyond 31 October to negotiate its exit from the bloc amid a “worrying” lack of progress in the recent talks. The comments come at a tumultuous time for Johnson after work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd resigned from cabinet on Saturday evening blaming Brexit inaction. Lawmakers are expected on Monday to reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for a general election before October’s EU summit for a second time.
Philip Hammond, the former chancellor, claims that the party had been taken over by the right. “Sorry Matt, I’m afraid the Conservative Party has been taken over by unelected advisers, entryists and usurpers who are trying to turn it from a broad church into an extreme right-wing faction,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sadly, it is not the party I joined.”
According to The Times understands that Ms Rudd gave Mr Johnson only 15 minutes’ notice of her intention to quit in a telephone conversation on Saturday night. The prime minister urged her to reconsider but by that stage she had already recorded a video interview explaining her departure in time for the BBC News at Ten.
She will be replaced by Thérèse Coffey, who was the junior environment minister.
Following Wednesday’s votes, No 10 said the public will get to choose between a deal, no deal, or “more delay”.
Downing Street said the prime minister will deliver an address later setting out the “vital choice that faces our country”.
“It is clear the only action is to go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want: Boris to go to Brussels and get a deal, or leave without one on 31 October or Jeremy Corbyn arriving in Brussels with his ‘surrender bill begging for more delay’, more dither and accepting whatever terms Brussels imposes over our nation,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Johnson’s address comes after the Conservative chief whip in the Lords announced a breakthrough on the bill in the early hours after talks with Labour.