Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson as foreign secretary

EPA  ParliamentBoris Johnson is in the firing line from pro-Brexiteers like MP Andrew Brigden

EPA ParliamentBoris Johnson is in the firing line from pro-Brexiteers like MP Andrew Brigden

Mr Hunt was previously Culture Secretary, where his behaviour towards Rupert Murdoch's News Corp came under intense scrutiny amid accusations of bias towards News Corp's bid for BSkyB.

Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer such as Johnson, a populist, polarizing figure who has never made a secret of his ambition to be prime minister.

Boris Johnson has quit as UK Foreign Secretary.

Mr Johnson's exit was the second resignation of a Cabinet "big beast" in less than 24 hours, after Brexit Secretary David Davis walked out late on Sunday.

In her reply Mrs May said that if he could not support the Government's position, "it is right that you should step down".

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.

But that's not the stance he took as Mayor of London in 2014, when the BBC reported that he was "deeply concerned" at the United Kingdom government's refusal to back European Union proposals to improve the safety of lorries, including larger windscreens and windows to eliminate blind spots. Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister, resigned along with Davis.

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".

During a day packed with high-profile Cabinet departures, she also faced down her Conservative party's powerful 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could have removed her as Prime Minister.

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

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

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

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