UK's May names loyalist Jeremy Hunt as foreign secretary

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has named Jeremy Hunt to the job of foreign secretary after the resignation of Boris Johnson.

"In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement", he said. He said it involved too close a relationship with the European Union and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the United Kingdom after it left the bloc.

Eurosceptic Mr Johnson plunged the Government into crisis yesterday afternoon after resigning in protest at the Government's Brexit plans.

In her reply to Mr Johnson's letter of resignation, Mrs May said she was "sorry - and a little surprised" that he had chosen to leave following their "productive discussions" at Chequers.

Johnson said that at a meeting of the cabinet to decide the plan on Friday, he had accepted that "my side of the argument were too few to prevail".

Jeremy Hunt arrives at the Foreign Office in London after being appointed as the new Foreign Secretary, following Boris Johnson's resignation (Simon Dawson/PA).

It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

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Opposition politicians were quick to capitalize on May's troubles.

"Two secretaries of state have resigned and still we are no clearer as to what our future relationship with our nearest neighbors and biggest trading partners will be".

In recent weeks, junior ministers Phillip Lee and Greg Hands have also resigned in order to vote against government - the former over Brexit, the latter over Heathrow.

But in reality, she will be at the mercy of her party.

May reached an agreement on the Brexit deal with senior ministers during an all-day summit at Chequers on Friday. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a bloc of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs in Parliament, urged May to give up on the plan.

The Prime Minister said she also wanted to "recognise the passion" that the outgoing Foreign Secretary had shown in promoting a "global Britain to the world". Many Brexit campaigners in her Conservative Party say she has betrayed her promise to pursue a clean break with the EU.

But in parliament, her words suggested she had chose to face down the dissenters rather than change her plans.

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