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Ministerial reshuffle coming soon: May

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Reuters, London  :
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would be making changes to her team of ministers soon following the forced resignation of her deputy Damian Green in December, but declined to give further details.
"Obviously, Damian Green's departure before Christmas means that some changes do have to be made, and I will be making some changes," she told the BBC.
Twenty British MEPs, including three Conservatives, have urged the Government to change course and keep Britain in the EU single market after Brexit.
The cross-party group, which includes representatives of the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP, Greens and Liberal Democrats, expressed "deep concern" over the Government's current Brexit strategy, which will see Britain leave the single market and customs union after a transitional period. The case for staying in the trading bloc has grown stronger since last year's Brexit vote, they said.
In an open letter, the MEPs suggested people were right to question "whether the Brexit course chartered by our Government is the right path for our country".
The letter was signed by 12 Labour MEPs, including the party's deputy leader in the European Parliament, and three Conservatives, including the Tory group's foreign affairs spokesman. Two SNP representatives, two Greens and one Liberal Democrat also backed the call.
It puts the Conservative and Labour MEPs on a collision course with their party leaders and raises the prospect of them being forced to give up the party whip.
Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have previously taken a tough line against those who defy their position on Brexit.
Two Conservative MEPs, Julie Girling and Richard Ashworth, had the whip removed in October after they voted in support of a motion saying "sufficient progress" had not been made in Brexit negotiations. Both signed the new letter, which was published by the Open Britain campaign.

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