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May appoints Jeremy Hunt as new foreign minister

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Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 03:18

The Prime Minister was greeted by loud cheers from Tory MPs and shouts of "resign" from the opposition benches as she arrived to deliver a statement in which she said her proposals would deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest... the right Brexit deal for Britain". His departure adds to a crisis over Brexit that threatens to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

Mrs May was forced to reshuffle roles in her cabinet following a series of resignations, including David Davis and Boris Johnson after the Priem Minister had agreed to a position on her Brexit model at Chequers last Friday.

James O'Brien spoke to this caller about David Davis. As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing. I think she is strengthened by all of this.

With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

"What Theresa May was trying to do with her proposal last week was to come up with a compromise that would keep all sides on ball within the Conservative party, and clearly that has failed", Clark said.

Davis was replaced as Brexit secretary by fellow leaver Dominic Raab.

10 Downing Street confirmed Hunt's appointment on Twitter, after he was seen visiting the Prime Minister's official residence earlier in the evening.

May's Cabinet collectively agreed on Friday on a relatively "soft" Brexit proposal that would result in close ties between the European Union and United Kingdom, and free trade on goods.

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Mrs May said she was "sorry - and a little surprised" by Mr Johnson's move after his apparent support on Friday.

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the bloc, May is sticking to her plan for a "business friendly" Brexit.

Johnson spoke for angry Conservative Brexit-backers in his resignation letter to May when he complained that voters weren't going to get the things he'd promised them when he campaigned to leave the EU.

Political uncertainty in Britain makes the possibility of a no-deal Brexit seem far more likely in the eyes of Brussels bureaucrats.

"What the prime minister is proposing is a way in which we can ensure we don't have. friction with our trade with the European Union. and here is a practical way in which we can do that", Gauke said.

But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum".

In his resignation letter, Johnson harshly criticised the government's approach to Brexit: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - now 48 - write a letter requesting one.