Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson as foreign secretary

Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson as foreign secretary

The new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs had supported the campaign to stay in the European Union during the 2016 vote and had backed a second referendum on the terms of the deal. It followed the resignation late on Sunday evening of David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.

Johnson quit Monday with an incendiary letter accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" and flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

The group "Ready For Rees-Mogg" has sent round an email saying "Theresa May's government is falling apart". Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister, resigned along with Davis.

In the minutes after the news of Johnson's resignation, the pound dropped to around 1.3270 against the dollar, a fall of more than 0.3% from it's opening price on Monday.

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May met with Conservative lawmakers in a packed room at Parliament, in a bid to calm the feverish atmosphere in the deeply divided party.

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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.

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum" in which United Kingdom voters opted to leave the EU. "Mr Speaker, this is the right Brexit", she said to jeers from the opposition Labour Party.

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Johnson's resignation was more perilous for May given his seniority in government.

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. "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".

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

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