Brexit latest: Allies rally round Theresa May following Boris Johnson bombshell

Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May

The departures raise the stakes for May, who believed that she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU. Later, he told the BBC the United Kingdom was giving "too much away, too easily" in negotiations with the EU.

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam.

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum" in which United Kingdom voters opted to leave the EU.

But that's not the stance he took as Mayor of London in 2014, when the BBC reported that he was "deeply concerned" at the United Kingdom government's refusal to back European Union proposals to improve the safety of lorries, including larger windscreens and windows to eliminate blind spots.

In her reply Mrs May said that if he could not support the Government's position, "it is right that you should step down".

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"In his resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

He said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc mean the United Kingdom was heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU. "What the Prime Minister needs to do is to give up on the Chequers proposal ... which does not actually deliver Brexit", he told LBC Radio.

Long before the Brexit referendum and its aftermath, the Conservative Party was split on Europe, and May has struggled to unite the warring wings under her leadership.

But May's allies fear more resignations may follow. She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson. Euroskeptic Conservative lawmaker Peter Bone said party activists felt "betrayed" by the government plan. "Two secretaries of state have resigned and still we are no clearer as to what our future relationship with our nearest neighbors and biggest trading partners will be".

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