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Brexit proposal: UK ministers jump ship, call for Theresa May's ouster as she vows to stay on course

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gestures as she speaks during a news conference inside 10 Downing Street on Thursday in London England. Cabinet Ministers Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, and Esther McVey, Work and Pensions Secretary resigned this morning after Wednesday's cabinet meeting backed the draft Brexit agreement. (Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A string of United Kingdom ministers resigned on Thursday, out of protest over Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet approval of the draft Brexit deal she negotiated to leave the European Union.

May remained defiant and vowed to press forward with the British exit (Brexit) proposal, ignoring calls for her resignation.

What are the details?

After reviewing the divorce agreement May brought home to her cabinet, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, Junior Northern Ireland Minister Shailesh Vara, and Junior Brexit Minister Suella Braverman all stepped down from their posts.

Their resignations followed those of other high profile U.K. lawmakers who have jumped ship during the prime minister's tenure. Referring to the departure of Raab, the Labor Party Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Jon Trickett told Business Insider, "This is the twentieth Minister to resign from Theresa May's government in her two-year premiership.

"Theresa May has no authority left and is clearly incapable of delivering a Brexit deal that commands even the support of her cabinet — let alone Parliament and the people of our country," Trickett continued.

Appeasing the cabinet was only the first step for the draft deal's approval, in what was expected to be a tough sell before the document was even presented. The details of the document have not been released.

Where's the confidence in May?

According to the BBC, top Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and others have submitted letters of no-confidence in May. If 48 such letters are executed, a vote will be triggered to decide on whether she should remain as prime minister.

But May is staying the course.  Reuters reported that in her address to Parliament, she said, "We have been preparing for no-deal and we continue to prepare for no-deal because I recognize that we have a further stage of negotiation with the European Council and then that deal when finalized ... has to come back to this House.

"The choice is clear," May continued. "We can choose to leave with no-deal, we can risk no Brexit at all, or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated."

What else?

During a news conference at her residence later that day, May said she understood why some ministers were unhappy.

"I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people," she said. "I am going to do my job of getting the best deal for Britain."

When asked if she would fight any challenge to her position, May responded, "Am I going to see this through? Yes."

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