With the resignations of the Brexit and Foreign Secretaries Davis and Johnson, the Brexit seismology has assumed the dimensions, challenges and divisiveness of the metaphorical Pandora's Box prematurely opened up by a discarded former PM David Cameron who was its first prime ministerial victim with Theresa May likely to become the second.
Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox was seen to shake his head and mouth the word "no" when reporters asked him on his way out of cabinet whether he was about to quit. Kat Malthouse, a work and pensions minister, replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister and Chris Heaton-Harris became a junior minister at the Brexit department, replacing Steve Baker.
Trump was flying over after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending. "I hope you have a lovely day".
However it was unclear whether they had the numbers to force a leadership challenge.
Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.
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"But we will do this in a way which will be a smooth and orderly Brexit, a Brexit that protects jobs, protects livelihoods and also meets our commitment to no hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland, she said.
"The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn".
May promised to deliver a "hard" Brexit when she came to power, but has since dialed back those aspirations following a loss of her Commons majority in last year's snap elections.
Mr Buckland added that there had been a realisation that "we all hang together or we all hang separately".
Further resignations by the two vice-chairmen of the Conservative Party have heightened tensions at Westminster and the governing party. Trump isn't expected to directly address Brexit, nor were he and Johnson scheduled to meet.
Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for another referendum, said that a "gang of Brexit bullies are threatening to pull the plug on the Prime Minister".
Seven MPs including Boris Johnson and David Davis have quit their posts, condemning the Chequers plan for proposing too close a relationship with the European Union after Brexit.
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