British PM presses on with Brexit plan despite high-profile resignations Jul 11, 2018 0 353 12345 REUTERSLONDONBRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of senior ministers and an endorsement from Europe's most powerful leader, Angela Merkel, on Tuesday, surviving the explosive resignations of two top cabinet members in protest at her Brexit plans.May's government was rattled on Monday by the departures of foreign minister Boris Johnson - the face of Brexit for many - and her chief Brexit negotiator David Davis. Both fiercely criticised her negotiating stance.Speaking alongside the German chancellor at a news conference in London, May rejected the charge that she had caved in to pressure from Brussels to keep strong ties with the bloc."(It) absolutely keeps faith with the vote of the British people," she said after a meeting with fellow European leaders focused on the Western Balkan states."We will do this in a way which will be a smooth and orderly Brexit."Earlier she said she had chaired a"productive" meeting of her reshaped cabinet ahead of the publication later this week of a full White Paper policy document on Brexit.Merkel, a key voice in Brussels, said the other 27 EU members would give a joint response."But it's good that the proposals are on the table - that much I can say already, without going into details."Although May looked to have avoided a direct challenge to her leadership, there were more signs that all was not well.US President Donald Trump acknowledged that his upcoming visit to Britain came at a time of"turmoil" - comments May later brushed aside - and two more junior ministers quit in protest, with reports that more were ready to go.Among those rallying around May was environment minister Michael Gove - a prominent campaigner to exit the European Union before the 2016 referendum - who said he would not resign.With less than nine months left until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a"business friendly" Brexit, facing down hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who are livid over her plans to negotiate a"free trade area for goods" with the EU. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick Jul 11, 2018 0 466 NATO countries should 'reimburse' US for defence costs, says Trump Jul 11, 2018 0 350 Italy stops ship with migrants, turns up pressure on EU allies Jul 11, 2018 0 735 US govt says in compliance with court order on migrant children REUTERS WASHINGTON THE US government believes it is in compliance with a court-ordered Tuesday deadline to reunite immigrant children under 5 who were separated from their parents while crossing the US-Mexico border, .. Germany's Seehofer unveils 'migration master plan' DPA BERLIN FRESH from a bruising spat with Chancellor Angela Merkel about migration, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented his long-delayed"migration master plan" on Tuesday. Seehofer, who leads the .. Spain court orders Puigdemont suspension Madrid Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid. In a .. George Clooney hurt in Italian scooter crash Rome Hollywood superstar George Clooney was treated in hospital on Tuesday for minor injuries after a scooter accident in Sardinia, Italian media reported. The"Ocean's Eleven" actor hurt his leg when a Mercedes .. Panama prosecutors request 21-year spying sentence for ex-president Panama City Panamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital Panama City. Martinelli, who was extradited back to .. Novichok nerve agent patient regains consciousness London A 45-year-old British man who was left critically ill after being exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok has regained consciousness, the hospital treating him said Tuesday."We have seen a small but .. Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers convicted for arson OREGON US President Donald Trump pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son on Tuesday, who had both been convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a .. Former Trump aide eager to get to sentencing WASHINGTON Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in a case related to the Russian election collusion investigation, is eager to move to the sentencing phase ..