British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a charismatic and divisive supporter for Britain's exit from the European Union, resigned Monday, adding to a crisis over Brexit that threatens to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
He quit just hours after the resignation late Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government's top Brexit official. Davis said he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, which he said gave "too much away, too easily."
Minutes after Johnson quit, May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons - with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. May's plan seeks to keep the U.K. and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.
We get the latest on Brexit, plus the 101 on the current fractured situation.
With files from the Associated Press.
Michelle Egan, a global fellow at the Wilson Center and professor at the school of International Service at the American University in Washington D.C., where she specializes in European politics