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Summary

  1. Tory vice-chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resign
  2. They are latest to go because of cabinet's Brexit plan
  3. President Trump refers to UK 'turmoil' ahead of visit
  4. Earlier PM Theresa May chaired her new-look cabinet
  5. Jeremy Hunt succeeded Boris Johnson as foreign secretary
  6. Matt Hancock succeeded Hunt as health secretary

Live Reporting

By Andy McFarlane and Gavin Stamp

All times stated are UK

Tuesday recap: Cabinet meeting and more Brexit exits

We are drawing the curtains on the live page. It's been a busy day, so here's a recap on the main developments.

Merkel: Good to have UK proposals on table

Angela Merkel welcomes the UK's Chequers agreement, saying it is a "good thing we have proposals on the table".

The German Chancellor says the remaining 27 EU members will agree a "common response" once it has seen the detail of the official UK position.

But she says progress is being made and repeats her stance that her country wants as close links as possible with the UK after Brexit.

May: Much to discuss with Trump

Theresa May at the Western Balkans summit
AFP

Theresa May is asked about Donald Trump's claims that the UK is in turmoil, ahead of his visit on Thursday, and whether the US President is a real fan of Boris Johnson.

The PM does not comment directly but says she is looking forward to Mr Trump's visit, saying there is "much to discuss".

She says the special relationship with the US is the UK's deepest and longest security and defence alliance.

The two leaders, she adds, will talking about how to use this to benefit the UK and US but also enhance the wider good.

Interesting shoe line-up at Western Balkans summit

But who do these shoes belong to?

Shoes
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Shoes
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The answer: British Prime Minister Theresa May, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama and Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.

May: UK 'not retreating' after Brexit

Theresa May is now speaking at the conclusion of the Western Balkans summit in central London.

She says claims that, as a result of Brexit, the UK will be "retreating" from its role as a guarantor of peace in the region and on the continent as a whole are completely wrong.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now speaking. Brexit is almost certain to crop up during questions.

Bradley: 'Handing Corbyn keys to No 10'

Ben Bradley MP
BBC

In his letter resigning as a Tory vice-chair, Remain voter Ben Bradley writes that he was persuaded to back the Brexit vision because of the "immense opportunities that are available from global trade, and for the ability for Britain to be an outward looking nation in control of our own destiny once again".

But he complains: "I fear that this agreement at Chequers damages those opportunities; that being tied to EU regulations, and the EU tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements, will be the worst of all worlds if we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name.

"Then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10."

Call for People's Vote rejected by MPs

MPs have decisively rejected Liberal Democrat calls for a "People's Vote" on the final Brexit deal.

A Commons motion put forward by Sir Vince Cable's party was defeated by 299 votes to 13 in Parliament.

Aside from nine Lib Dem MPs, the other MPs to support it were Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and Plaid Cymru's three MPs.

Tory peer: 'It's Chequers deal or no deal'

Conservative peer Lord Finkelstein, a close friend of David Cameron, takes issue with some of the arguments made by Ben Bradley or Maria Caulfield in their resignation letters. In short, he seems to be saying the UK has a choice between the Chequers compromise or no deal.

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'Bad deal for country and party'

One of Maria Caulfield's main objections had been to the backstop agreement for Northern Ireland - that's the customs arrangement designed to avoid a "hard border" - which she felt was "neither necessary or constructive for the future prosperity of the UK".

"The policy may assuage vested interests but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out," she wrote in her resignation letter as Conservative vice-chair.

"This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party. The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn."

Resignation letters

Here are the letters sent by Conservatives Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley relinquishing their posts as party vice chairs.

The resignation letters of MPs Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley
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More on Bradley and Caulfield exits

Maria Caulfield
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Some more detail about the two Tory MPs who have quit their party posts.

Ben Bradley is MP for Mansfield, having become the first Conservative ever to win the Nottinghamshire seat in 2017.

Maria Caulfield has been MP for Lewes in Sussex since 2015.

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Caulfield: 'No support' among constituents

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Barnier: UK's 'red lines' limit options

Michel Barnier speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, speaking in New York, added that many models of co-operation with Brussels were available to the UK, including a "Norway" deal, "Norway plus" or an "ambitious" version of the Canada deal, and that each deal had "its own balance of rights and negotiations".

However, he said the UK's current red lines meant they were "closing the door" to many different types of co-operation.

Barnier: 80% of withdrawal deal agreed

Michel Barnier in New York
AFP

Michel Barnier, who's leading Brexit negotiations on behalf of Brussels, has said there is accord on 80% of the UK withdrawal agreement and that the European Union was ready to start working on an "ambitious free trade arrangement" with the UK.

Speaking in New York, Mr Barnier said that negotiators still needed to find a solution to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

In response to recent resignations in Westminster, Mr Barnier said he had a "very cordial and frank relationship" with David Davis and had met "many people with different views" during the course of the negotiations.

BreakingTwo Tory MPs quit posts over Brexit

Tory MPs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield are resigning from their posts as Conservative vice-chairs in protest at Brexit policy.

The man who might have been PM

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'Loss of a statesman'

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Dissent among Tory Brexiteers?

Alex Wickham, news editor of the Guido Fawkes politics site, has tweeted a series of intriguing messages said to have been posted in the WhatsApp group of the European Research Group, which is generally regarded as strongly pro-Brexit.

Its members have "split into two factions: those supporting and those opposing Theresa May’s deal", he writes.

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Boris 'should say sorry, we got it wrong'

Boris Johnson's former communications director has been talking about his one-time boss.

Guto Harri told BBC Radio Wales those close to the former foreign secretary had repeatedly urged him to rethink his stance on Brexit, saying: "He has to do a great big mea culpa and say 'sorry folks, we got it wrong. It was never a good idea to leave the European Union. It's now patently clear to all of us so let's jump off this train before it crashes'."

But Mr Harri, who worked for Mr Johnson when he was Mayor of London, adds: "I don't think even Boris could pull that off any more."

He adds that Mr Johnson might reinvent himself in a role such as British ambassador to Washington or principal of his alma mater, Balliol College, Oxford.

'No comment' from Barnier

It seems the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is staying tight-lipped on the UK government's recent turmoil.

"I don't want to make any comment on domestic and national policy, in [the] UK in particular," Mr Barnier is quoted as saying on arrival at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. "I've never commented, from the very beginning of these negotiations, [on] internal and domestic policy in political situation in the UK."

MPs debate second Brexit referendum

In the Commons, the Liberal Democrats have tabled an opposition day debate on the handling of the Brexit negotiations.

Leader Sir Vince Cable complains that "all of this is being discussed in a Westminster bubble" and that something of such constitutional change should require a second, confirmatory, referendum before being implemented.

Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith rebuffs the suggestion, saying she is "absolutely clear" there will be no second referendum and that the motion undermines the progress in negotiations so far.

Chloe Smith speaks in the Commons
BBC

In last year's general election, she says, more than 80% of voters supported parties which called for the EU referendum result to be respected. The UK should be coming together to do just that, she adds.

Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman confirms that Labour isn't calling for a second poll but adds that the government's proposals for negotiations are "clearly dead in the water".

You can follow the debate via BBC Parliament's live page.

Obituary: Lord Carrington

Lord Carrington
BBC

Former Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington - the last surviving member of Winston Churchill's post-war government - died yesterday, aged 99.

"Like many of his generation, he had the desire to seek out a peaceful solution to conflict, an aim he followed throughout his career. It also instilled in him a sense of honour and an acceptance that he would take full responsibility for his actions. And it was this that led him to take the blame for the government's failure to anticipate the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina in 1982."

Read our obituary.

Irish PM on Brexit resignations

Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar says the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson are "internal matters" for the British government.

Speaking during question time in the Irish parliament, he welcomed the Chequers statement setting out the UK's negotiating position.

"If the UK is able to relax from some of its red lines, then the European Union should be flexible too. I think perhaps we are now entering into that space," he said. Mr Varadkar said he looked forward to reading the British government's White Paper, which is to be published on Thursday.

Trump on Nato, Putin and May

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Millions set aside to prepare for 'no-deal' scenario

The Ministry of Justice has been handed more than £17m to prepare for scenarios including a no-deal Brexit, the Press Association reports.

It says Justice Minister Lucy Frazer insisted the department was working towards getting the best deal for the UK, in response to a Commons question from Tory Brexiteer William Wragg about provisions for the event that no agreement was reached with Brussels.

But she added: "Like all competent government departments, we are also working to ensure that if there is no deal we are ready for it. We have £17.3m extra from the Treasury to look into and ensure that we have the right Brexit scenario."

Summit not quite right

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Eurosceptics on proposed Brexit terms

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Asked whether Theresa May's Brexit proposals are acceptable, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan, a longstanding campaigner for the UK to leave the EU, describes them as "very close to the line".

"I could live with these terms... just. The worry is that they will be further watered," he says.

"I'm a bit more relaxed than some eurosceptics around alignment on goods. Most of these rules are set at global level, rather than European level, and the idea of Britain basing its economic recovery on some different specification of washing machine is silly."

However, former Labour MP and Vote Leave co-chair Gisela Stuart says she wants to read the fine print.

"This is a fight between politicians, against their voters. What 17.4 million people voted for was a clear expectation that there would be an end to the European Court of Justice [jurisdiction in the UK] and we would have final say over a whole host of laws including... a whole set of clear red lines the prime minister has set herself.

"When I read the fine print I will test that against her own red lines, and so far I'm worried she hasn't even met her own test."

Trump: Johnson is 'friend of mine'

Donald and Melania Trump
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Donald Trump goes on to describe Boris Johnson as "a friend of mine".

"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there," the US president tells reporters in Washington.

"I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him."

Asked whether Mrs May should be replaced as prime minister, he says it's up to the people.

"I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship. That's certainly up to the people, not up to me."

Donald Trump: UK in 'turmoil'

The American president has been talking about the political situation in Britain, ahead of his two-day visit later this week.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the UK and an interesting time at Nato," said Donald Trump, who attends a Nato summit in Brussels before arriving in the UK on Thursday.

"I have Nato, I have the UK - that's a situation with turmoil."

A 'shadow' of Parliamentary sovereignty

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at King's College London, sums up the UK's choice as: "Either we diverge completely from the European Union, in which case we don't get frictionless trade, or we align ourselves with the European Union, in which case you may ask what is the point of Brexit."

Prof Vernon Bogdanor
BBC

He says that under Theresa May's plan to negotiate a free trade area for goods, the UK would only retain parliamentary sovereignty "in a technical sense". MPs could change any "common rulebook" alignment with Brussels but only if they were willing to lose the frictionless trade that came with it, he says.

"So we have in a way the shadow of Parliamentary sovereignty but we have lost the actual substance of being able to do what we like, and we also have no role outside the EU in making the rules by which we will be bound."

Is Brexit going well or badly?

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Voters in Leave-voting Ramsgate are asked what they think about the handling of the UK's exit from the EU, in this non-scientific poll.

Southgate 'ruled out' of Brexit role

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Brexit white paper is still due this week

There has been some suggestion that as a result of the resignations there might be a delay in the publication of the government's white paper on EU withdrawal.

A number of politicians have suggested in interviews that the white paper - which will set out the UK's negotiating position with Brussels - was being delayed to next week.

However, the Department for Exiting the European Union has insisted that the white paper, which fleshes out the detail of the terms agreed at Chequers last week, will be published this Thursday.

Resignations were 'inevitable'

Former adviser to Theresa May: People were going to be 'put out'

'We need a deep and meaningful process... very, very soon'

We've not heard from the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier yet - he's expected to speak later. However, Irish senator Neale Richmond offers the BBC's Daily Politics some insight as to what the remainder of the EU's 27 member states think of Theresa May's plans...

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Tribute to Lord Carrington

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Contrasting resignations

An aside to the news that Lord Carrington has died is that he was the last foreign secretary to resign, prior to Boris Johnson leaving office of his own accord yesterday.

Lord Carrington, at NATO, in 1984
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Only this morning, columnist Peter Oborne wrote in the Daily Mail that Lord Carrington's departure was "widely regarded as the most honourable resignation of modern times".

"He took full responsibility for failing to foresee Argentina’s intentions," he wrote, adding: "It has to be admitted that Boris Johnson's rushed decision to quit office yesterday lunchtime lacked the grace and gravitas of Lord Carrington’s departure."