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UK PM May appoints Jeremy Hunt as new foreign minister

Brexit news GettyBrexit news Mr Davis had agreed to Theresa May's EU plan at Chequers on Friday
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 10:26

Matt Hancock is the new health secretary.

The former Mayor of London said May was leading the United Kingdom to a "semi-Brexit" with a strategy that would leave the country "with a status of a colony" within the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk has said the "mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations", according to reports.

"I don't think it's central to Foreign Secretary, but there you are". "Time to back our PM to get a great Brexit deal - it's now or never".

Boris Johnson has quit as UK Foreign Secretary.

Johnson's ministerial resignation followed that of former Brexit secretary David Davis (who was replaced by fellow Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab) and Steve Baker.

Jeremy Hunt visited the Foreign Office last night.

However, his time at the department was hugely controversial due to his introduction of new contracts for junior doctors.

"Theresa May should call an end to this shambolic farce".

"It is clear this Government can not secure a good deal for Britain".

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Attorney General Jeremy Wright, meanwhile, will be taking up the post of Culture Secretary. Now he will replace Johnson, whose shock resignation on Monday was seen to throw the future of May's government and Brexit negotiations into uncertainty.

Both Mr Johnson and Mr Davis had signed up on Friday to Mrs May's blueprint for Brexit at an all-day summit at Chequers on Friday.

He wrote: "We must have collective responsibility".

"I'd have to be the champion of the policy that I didn't believe in".

The Cabinet minister quit his position, saying "the current trend of policy and tactics" was making it look less and less likely that the government could "deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the customs union and the Single Market".

Rebuffing claims that her proposals make too many concessions to the EU, May said "this is the right Brexit" and would leave Britain free to make its own laws and trade deals.

In an apparent boost for the embattled PM, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, is said to have confirmed at the meeting now he has not received the 48 letters from MPs that would trigger a no-confidence vote.

Sir Graham refused to say whether he had received any such letters.

Senior backbencher Bernard Jenkin said there had been a "massive haemorrhage of trust" in Mrs May.