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Dominic Raab appointed new Brexit Secretary

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EPAAndrea Leadsom reportedly said she “hated” the plan but would support Mrs May

"Whoever becomes leader is going to have exactly the same problems she's got, which is, thanks to her and her election past year; we don't have a majority in the House of Commons", she said.

Tory digital minister Matt Hancock - known for his self-branded social networking app - will now takeover Hunt's portfolio as Health Secretary. David Davis's friends are adamant he did not coordinate his departure with Johnson, but Baker clearly decided he had more chance of influencing the government from outside, and a series of other moves since appear to have been carefully choreographed.

Theresa May faces a mortal threat to her leadership of the Conservative Party and Government today.

Numerous prime minister's supporters believe she would win a contest and cement her authority; but May would face a leadership challenge if she lost, with Johnson among the potential candidates. Some 48 letters are required to trigger a vote.

If Mrs May is ousted, any MP is eligible to stand.

The final two candidates are then offered to the Tory membership at large for an election. However, it was not clear how committed they are.

In a strongly worded resignation letter, he warned that the current Brexit plan meant Britain was "truly headed for the status of colony" and accused the prime minister of "sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

"Brexit should be about opportunity and hope", Johnson said in a scathing resignation letter that was echoed in headlines in a number of national newspapers.

An EU leaders summit in Salzburg, Austria, in September may be "upgraded" to consider progress on Brexit, Varadkar said.

He said he had "some concerns about the workability of the UK's customs" proposals and the plan's effect on the integrity of the single market.

"I am afraid that I think the current trend of policy and tactics is making that look less and less likely", he said.

"What's most important now is that we do not lose momentum behind the housing policies born out of the Housing White Paper, which supported housing of all tenures including build-to-rent".

But May's sense that she had faced down the rebels and weathered the storm is likely to have been shaken by Tuesday's resignations - which took the total number of departures since Chequers to seven - and she will be anxious about what the flying monkeys will unleash next.

Justice Minister David Gauke said on Tuesday that the option of walking away from negotiations advocated by some Brexit hardliners was not "pain-free" and would have "a negative impact on our constituents, on the British public".

The new Minister of State for Housing said, "I am delighted to be appointed as Minister of State for Housing".

Mr Johnson even proposed a toast to the deal - and suggested writing a joint newspaper column with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today: "It seems to me we are giving too much away too easily and that's a risky strategy at this time".

"I'm also committed to continuing the important work of supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ensuring people are safe, and feel safe in their homes".

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