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Face of Brexit Boris Johnson resigns, plunging May into crisis

Theresa May HOC STRONG & STABLE Theresa May is standing firm following the resignations of Davis and Johnson
Faye Gross | 11 July, 2018, 04:45

Mr Hunt is leaving the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) to become foreign secretary, replacing Boris Johnson, who resigned this afternoon in protest at the government's approach to Brexit.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union", a statement from May's office said.

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

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

Mr Johnson's resignation bombshell came less than 24 hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis announced he was quitting, saying he could not make the case convincingly for the Chequers proposals in the negotiations with Brussels.

"Top-level cabinet resignations usually spell trouble for a government and Boris Johnson's might well have led to a leadership challenge, but May appears to have emerged unscathed from a meeting of her party, for now", said Al Jazeera's Jonah Hill, reporting from London.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said in response: "We share the mayor's concerns about the potential benefits of improved cab design and we want to see changes in the industry".

"As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing".

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Hunt's post of health secretary has been taken over by culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock, as May struggled to keep control of dissenting voices within her top team.

At a Cabinet meeting Friday, May demanded members support a plan for Brexit that it would include Britain partly remaining in the single market and signing up to a "common rulebook" for goods.

"I think what Boris said was, in a way, what a lot of people feel out there that somehow we should have been being much more up front and optimistic about our country".

Former whip Chris Heaton-Harris takes over as a Brexit Minister from Steve Baker.

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit Secretary, with Kit Malthouse replacing him as Housing Minister.

If she chose to fight, she would need the support of more than 50% of Conservative MPs - now 159 - in the confidence vote to stay in office. 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".

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

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