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Jeremy Hunt named UK's new foreign minister to replace Johnson

Jeremy Hunt named UK's new foreign minister to replace Johnson

West Suffolk MP Mr Hancock was appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in January, having served as minister of state for digital since 2016.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of".

Jeremy Hunt has been named as the new foreign secretary, replacing Boris Johnson.

It comes hours after Johnson resigned, writing in an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May that the "Brexit dream is dying", as he said negotiations were being "suffocated by needless self-doubt".

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation and would name a replacement soon.

Johnson followed Brexit Secretary David Davis out the door as a hard-won government consensus on future trade ties with the bloc disintegrated less than three days after it was forged, and nine months before Britain is due to leave 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.




Speaking tonight, Mr Hunt said he would be supporting Mrs May in her efforts to secure a Brexit deal with Brussels.

Davis resigned late Sunday, saying May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the European Union gave "too much away, too easily".

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.

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam. "What the Prime Minister needs to do is to give up on the Chequers proposal ... which does not actually deliver Brexit", he told LBC Radio.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

Long before the Brexit referendum and its aftermath, the Conservative Party was split on Europe, and May has struggled to unite the warring wings under her leadership.


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