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Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May

Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 10:54

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed foreign secretary, with digital, culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock named as his successor as health secretary.

Jeremy Hunt arrives for a Cabinet meeting chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on June 5, 2018 in London, England.

In April 2016 Jeremy Hunt said that being health secretary was likely to be his last big job in politics.

The BBC reported that Johnson said in his resignation letter that May has put off decisions about how Britain will leave the European Union, warning that "we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system".

David Davis's departure as Brexit Secretary leaves a major position in Theresa May's Government vacant. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a bloc of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs in Parliament, urged May to give up on the plan.

Addressing parliament just minutes after her office announced that Johnson, the face of Brexit for many in Britain, had quit, May told MPs she appreciated the work of her two ministers.

The damning criticism in his resignation letter was Johnson's first explanation for his stunning decision to walk out of Government this afternoon.

'In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony - and many will struggle to the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement'.

Hunt was pushed to the fore during the 2010 general election campaign, and he was appointed to the coalition cabinet that May, only five years after becoming an MP.

In her statement Prime Minister vowed to deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest, the right Brexit deal for Britain".

Government unity began to fray within hours. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

It was in the "ludicrous position" of offering to accept huge amounts of European Union laws that for decades British governments have argued against, yet with no say in how they are made.

In his resignation letter to May, Davis said the policy "hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

May's supporters worry that more ministers could resign, and pro-Brexit lawmakers from her Conservative Party could trigger a no-confidence vote in the prime minister.

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