Theresa May loses more cabinet ministers over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Two British Cabinet minister have resigned in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal with the European Union.

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey quit, saying the deal "does not honor the result of the referendum" in which Britain voted to leave the EU.

She resigned an hour after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab also quit, saying he could not "in good conscience" support the terms of Britain's departure from the EU next March.

The resignations leave May's Brexit deal, and her leadership of the Conservative Party, in peril.

The pound fell 1 percent on the news, a relatively large decline for an established currency, to $1.2870.

The deal negotiated by May is considered insufficient by Brexit backers as well as those who wanted to remain in the EU. Parliament needs to approve the deal and it is unclear whether May has the numbers to push it through.

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Farmer James Martin who lives in Northern Ireland but sells his milk in the Republic of Ireland, cleans the milking shed after tending to his cattle on his dairy farm near the border village of Forkhill, Northern Ireland, December 7, 2017. "We're less than a mile from the border, surrounded by the Republic on three sides," said Martin. "This is where you'd feel the brunt of it (a hard border)." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
The change in road surface which denotes the exact border with County Armagh in Northern Ireland on the left and County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland on the right on the border village of Middletown, Northern Ireland, December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Grass reflected in Lattone Lough which is split by the border seen from near Ballinacor, Northern Ireland, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
A old Irish phone box stands alongside a bus stop in the border town of Glaslough, Ireland, March 16, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Billboards are viewed from inside a disused customs hut on the border in Carrickcarnon, Northern Ireland, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Farmer Gordon Crockett, whose farm straddles both Northern Ireland and Ireland holds a lamb, in Coshquin, Northern Ireland, February 21, 2018. "At the minute there is no real problem, you can cross the border as free as you want. We could cross it six or eight times a day," said Crockett. "If there was any sort of obstruction it would slow down our work every day." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Potter Brenda McGinn stands outside her studio, the former Jas Boylan shoe factory which was the main employer in the area until it shut down due to The Troubles, in Mullan, Ireland, March 16, 2018. "When I came back, this would have been somewhere you would have driven through and have been quite sad. It was a decrepit looking village," said McGinn, whose Busy Bee Ceramics is one of a handful of enterprises restoring life to the community. "Now this is a revitalised, old hidden village." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Seamus McQuaid takes packages that locals on the Irish side of the border have delivered to his business, McQuaid Auto-Parts, to save money on postal fees, near the County Fermanagh village of Newtownbutler, Northern Ireland, December 20, 2017. "I live in the south but the business is in the North," said McQaid. "I wholesale into the Republic of Ireland so if there's duty, I'll have to set up a company 200 yards up the road to sell to my customers. I'll have to bring the same product in through Dublin instead of Belfast." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A bus-stop and red post box stand in the border town of Jonesborough, Northern Ireland, November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
The sun is reflected in Lough Foyle which is part of the Northern Ireland border near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A defaced 'Welcome to Northern Ireland' sign stands on the border in Middletown, Northern Ireland, December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An abandoned shop is seen in Mullan, Ireland, March 16, 2018. The building was home to four families who left during The Troubles. The town was largely abandoned after the hard border was put in place during the conflict. Mullan has seen some regeneration in recent years, but faces an uncertain future with Brexit on the horizon. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A traffic cone stands in a field on the border between County Donegal and County Londonderry near Lenamore, Northern Ireland, February 1, 2018. SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
The border seen through tree branches in Kiltyclogher, Ireland, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Mervyn Johnson who owns a garage poses for a photograph in the border town of Pettigo, Northern Ireland, February 20, 2018. "I've been here since 1956, it was a bit of a problem for a few years. My premises has been blown up about six or seven times, we just kept building and starting again" Johnson said laughing. "We just got used to it (the hard border) really but now that it's gone, we wouldn't like it back again". REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Alice Mullen from Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland does her shopping at a former customs post on the border in Middletown, Northern Ireland, December 9, 2017. "I'd be very worried if it was a hard border, I remember when people were divided. I would be very afraid of the threat to the peace process, it was a dreadful time to live through. Even to go to mass on a Sunday, you'd have to go through checkpoints. It is terribly stressful," said Mullen. "All those barricades and boundaries were pulled down. I see it as a huge big exercise of trust and I do believe everyone breathed a sigh of relief." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
David McClintock from Donegal sits in the 'Border Cafe' in the border village of Muff, Ireland, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Stephen Burns drinks in a pub on the Northern Ireland side of Belleek, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man fills jerry cans with Kerosene on the border village of Middletown, Northern Ireland, December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A disused Great Northern Railway line and station that was for customs and excise on the border town of Glenfarne, Ireland, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Union Flag colours painted on kerbstones and bus-stops along the border village of Newbuildings, Northern Ireland, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A bull stands in a field with a disused Customs Facilitation Office in the background on the border in Carrickcarnon, Ireland, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A road which crosses the border from County Donegal in Ireland to County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, is seen from near the border village of Lenamore, Ireland, February 1, 2018. There are no markings apart from the change in roadsigns. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An old British postbox, painted green, stands at a disused railway station and Great Northern railway line that was for Customs and Excise on the border town of Glenfarne, Ireland, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Zig-zag steps lead up to the prehistoric stone fort of Grianan of Aileach where you can view the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, seen from near the border village of Speenogue, Ireland, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
John Murphy flies the European flag outside his home near the border village of Forkhill, Northern Ireland, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE BORDER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May, who had persuaded a majority of her cabinet to back the deal, is addressing lawmakers Thursday morning.

The prime minister made some major concessions to the EU to achieve the deal: Britain, for example, will remain tied to the European Union's customs union during the transition period and potentially for much longer.

Raab said the agreement was unacceptable, and that "no democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime".

The opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the "Good Morning Britain" television program that the deal was a "miserable failure of negotiation," signaling that May is unlikely to be able to count on the main opposition to make up for those from her own Conservative Party who look set to vote against.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC's Radio 4 that lawmakers should back the draft divorce agreement because the alternatives were "ugly", adding: "Ultimately this allows us to take back control."

European Union chief Donald Tusk has called for a summit of leaders to take place on Nov. 25 so they can endorse a draft Brexit deal that has been reached with the British government.

Following an early Thursday meeting, Tusk heaped praise on the EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, who had "achieved the two most important objectives" - limiting the damage caused by Britain's impending departure and maintaining the interests of the other 27 countries that will remain in the bloc after Brexit.

 

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