Boris Johnson pledges party unity and calls out Tory rebels

UK PM Theresa May signals possible demotion for Boris Johnson as rebellion weakens her hold on power

PM May stays in charge as challenge to premiership collapses

British Prime Minister Theresa May has signalled that she could sack Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a British newspaper said, as she tries to reassert her authority after a series of political disasters.

The minister added: 'It [removing Mr Johnson] will undermine public confidence in Brexit.

"United in a mission to build a country that works for everyone and agreed on the approach that we take in Florence".

In fact, Boris Johnson had been in the chamber an hour earlier than all of them, save Chris Grayling, who gave a statement on the crisis in the aviation industry before Mrs May's Brexit update. Grant Shapps, a former Conservative Party chairman, said on Friday he's orchestrating a campaign to persuade her to step down - to which May responded by saying she's providing the "calm leadership" the country needs. "I am frankly fed up to the back teeth with all this". I do not know if they are really my friends and allies or if they represent some sinister band of imposters.

The Guardian has reported that "in a signal of strength after Downing Street successfully deflected the coup", May is preparing to demote Boris Johnson in a cabinet reshuffle.

"I heartily disagree with the sense, tone and spirit of what they are quoted as saying".

"I don't think he has been totally on board, I think he has been deliberately trying to make the Brexit negotiations hard, stall them, obfuscate the issues".

James Airey, Leader of the Conservatives in Cumbria and the Parliamentary Candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale at June's General Election, said: "In her speech yesterday, Theresa May reached out to a wide audience, just as she did in her inspiring speech on the steps of No.10 a year ago, and we applaud her".

The two parties should decide on the three major topics, regarding the cost of Brexit, the rights of the European Union citizens, residing in the United Kingdom, and the issues concerning Northern Ireland and Ireland, after which they will proceed with the second stage of negotiations, devoted to the terms of Brexit.

In the messages the Foreign Secretary urged his fellow Tories to "get behind the PM" and turn their efforts on battling Jeremy Corbyn.

Many Tories want Mr Johnson to replace her as leader.

The Observer newspaper said unnamed senior Conservative figures said while May had no long-term future they were pressing her to shake up her team, hoping new blood would re-energize the party as well as frustrate Johnson's ambitions.

In response to a question by backbencher and arch Leaver Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Prime Minister this afternoon said an implementation period was necessary because of the need for a "smooth and orderly process of withdrawal, with minimum disruption".

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