Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd, who quit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet, stated on September 7th that the government is making little or no effort to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, despite Johnson's insistence that he wants a deal, according to AP. "There is no evidence of a deal. There are no formal negotiations taking place", Rudd said. Seen as the latest blow to the embattled British prime minister, Rudd stepped down as work and pensions secretary late on September 7th.
Johnson said Britain must leave the EU as scheduled on October 31st even if there is no ‘divorce agreement’ with the bloc. But his plan is having meeting resistance, even from some of his own party members.
On September 8th, Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted that the government was "straining every sinew to get a deal."