Boris Johnson Resigns as U.K. Foreign Secretary Amid Brexit Turmoil

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May selected Jeremy Hunt to replace Boris Johnson as foreign secretary Monday as she sought to re-stabilize her government following a pair of high-profile resignations over Brexit.

Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 3, 2018.

Besides their senior colleagues, Brexit junior minister Steve Baker and two ministerial aides also resigned from the government on Sunday.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Rees-Mogg said on Monday night that Mr Johnson would make an "brilliant" prime minister.

As we mentioned on our live blog this morning, it was a claim that was swiftly debunked on Twitter, with Mark Treasure, chair of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, highlighting that when Johnson was at City Hall, it was the British government he blamed for not implementing European Union rules on HGVs. After Johnson's departure she said she was "sorry and a little surprised" at his decision after ministers appeared to back her proposals.

In January 2014, Mr Johnson said: "If these amendments, supported by dozens of cities across Europe, can succeed, we can save literally hundreds of lives across the European Union in years to come".

"I never thought I would say that again, but the government's sell-out leaves me with no choice".

Matt Hancock replaced Hunt as health secretary, while Attorney General Jeremy Wright was appointed as minister of digital culture, media and sport, Hancock's old job.

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Aside from the loyalty which MPs naturally feel towards their leader, many are concerned that Mrs May's removal could plunge the party into chaos, with no obvious replacement lined up, potentially setting the scene for Jeremy Corbyn to seize power in a new general election.

Earlier, May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

Former Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow has threatened to leave the party if Mrs May does not step down, adding: "I think she absolutely has to go".

Boris Johnson has quit as UK Foreign Secretary.

Dominic Raab, a former housing minister, has assumed the role of Brexit Secretary.

And she was given a reprieve tonight with news she will not face an immediate vote of no confidence.

"What I want to say to them is Britain is going to be a dependable ally, a country that stands up for the values that matter to the people of this country, and will be a strong confident voice in the world".

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