Jeremy Hunt named as new foreign secretary

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

A statement from Downing Street this evening said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs." and "pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care".

Geoffrey Cox has replaced Jeremy Wright as Attorney General.

Johnson had resigned, saying the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit " under her leadership. It's also just hours since Brexit Secretary David Davis quit in protest over May's efforts to keep Britain closely bound to the European Union after the split, due in March.

The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago.

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit. But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he didn't think she would face a leadership challenge.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU.

But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

He said: "My principal job is to stand four square behind the Prime Minister so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers".

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam.

"He'd never have wanted to resign from one of the great offices of state".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit.

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