UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns amid Cabinet's deep divisions over Brexit

Frederick Owens
July 11, 2018

British foreign minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday, following former-Brexit minister David Davis out of the cabinet just days after Prime Minister Theresa May secured a hard-won agreement from senior ministers on an European Union exit strategy.

Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street, London, where he was appointed as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, following Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Foreign Secretary.

New British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt supported the "Remain" side of the 2016 United Kingdom referendum to leave the European Union.

Theresa May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday evening, raising the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

However the Daily Mail reported Mr Rees-Mogg said Mr Johnson would make a "brilliant" prime minister.

In his resignation letter, Mr Johnson did not back Mrs May to stay on as Prime Minister, while Mr Davis said she should.

He added, "This is a time when the world is looking at us as a country, wondering what type of country we are going to be in a post-Brexit world".

"My concern is about the policy rather than the individual", he said.

"The Government have no doubt that this support will continue", it said.

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In her response to Johnson, May wrote that she was "sorry and a little surprised" by his move after his apparent support on Friday, when ministers held talks at her country retreat of Chequers and emerged with a "collective" position on Brexit. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.

That's what Boris Johnson wrote yesterday in his resignation letter.

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May replaced Davis by appointing Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary. He said: "From what she has said Brexit does not mean Brexit and what we will end up with is the very worst of both worlds - still in the European Union but with no vote".

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

May was asked by an opposition lawmaker Monday whether she would contest a vote of confidence if one came rather than resign.

Johnson was said to have decided not to quit over May's soft Brexit plan because he wanted to remain in Cabinet and fight for the divorce he wants, a person familiar with his thinking said after the Chequers meeting.

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