Boris Johnson keeps powder dry - for now

Prime Minister’s Questions

The responsibility for leading the negotiations should now go to an "enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript", he said.

"At absolutely no point because Brexit continues to mean Brexit", May replied.

Her authority has been weakened with the resignations of major figures Boris Johnson and David Davis and a series of lesser officials who disagree with her Brexit plan.

"This is a time to be practical and pragmatic, backing our plan to get Britain out of the European Union on March 29 next year and delivering for the British people.", said May.

More wobbles, after the high-profile resignations, could leave the prime minister in a very fragile position.

In a series of votes, May could come under attack from arch-Brexiteers in her own Conservative Party who think her plans have watered down Brexit and will leave Britain shackled to the European Union once it leaves the bloc in March.

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She said that would remove Britain's ability to have an independent trade policy and her government "will never stand for that". In a press conference after their talks Friday, Mr Trump said it had been a suggestion rather than advice.

The British prime minister insisted that her Brexit blueprint was not fatally compromised after she caved in to four demands from Leave supporters in order to avoid a Commons rebellion over a key piece of Brexit legislation.

Eurosceptic Conservatives are planning to vote against the government on several amendments to the trade bill.

In a press conference Friday at Chequers, May's country retreat, Trump said he had offered advice to May about Brexit, leaving journalists wondering what that advice had been.

"The inevitable outcome of the parliamentary arithmetic is that she will need to change it to keep the party united", he told BBC television.

The bill gives the government the power to set up new global trade relationships after Britain leaves the European Union next March.

Mr Davis told BBC's Newsnight: "I made a decision which was based on a difference of principle".

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He added: "None of this amounts to taking back control ... some are saying that those on the other side of the argument have not worked out an alternative".

"If, as I expect, that happens and we have a comprehensive deal that can be put before Parliament - and there had been a commitment to have a meaningful vote - what comes with that is the certainty for working people right across the country that will be able to invest with confidence, will be able to create new jobs, that implementation period will be available. That would be damaging to our "no deal" preparations".

John Baron, a lawmaker for the ruling Conservatives, said he would vote with Brexiteers to change her plan having previously "remained loyal to Theresa May, believing her to be honourable in her attempt to respect the referendum result".

Johnson, who led the main Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned this month over May's strategy, triggering the government's biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority after calling a snap election past year.

Mrs May acknowledged some MPs had concerns about her plan for a "common rule book" with the EU for goods and customs traded within what she called a new "UK-EU free trade area".

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