UK's May names new foreign secretary



Jeremy Hunt, who has replaced Mr Johnson as foreign secretary, said he would be "four square" behind her.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced Hunt's new role in a tweet, adding that the queen had approved the change.

Johnson, who has cut a flamboyant figure in British politics for decades, served as one of the loudest - and most misleading - voices advocating for Brexit before the referendum.

On Monday, high-profile Brexiteer and Conservative MP Johnson announced he was resigning from the Cabinet, following the agreement of a Brexit proposal that would see the United Kingdom retain close links to the European Union after exiting the organisation.

Both said they could not support Prime Minister Theresa May's latest plan for Brexit.

Dominic Raab has been appointed the UK's new Brexit minister after the resignation of David Davis. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. He also warned that Britain was "headed for the status of a colony" within the bloc.

Addressing Parliament on Monday, May told MPs that she and the two ministers were at odds over "the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum".

The Prime Minister enduring a bruising battle today as the two Cabinet heavyweights resigned over Brexit.

Earlier in the day the EU Commission had "no specific comment" on the overnight resignation of Davis, which it said was "not a problem for the EU".

But it remains unclear whether the European Union will accept her negotiating bid on a free trade area for goods. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

Under her proposal, a treaty would be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland.

The UK and the European Union have been negotiating Brexit terms for more than a year now and have been hoping to agree broad aims for their future relationship in October.

The likelihood of a Conservative leadership contest now looms.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who leads the EU's political and priority-setting body, said Monday that "the mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-U.K. relations and it is still very far from being resolved".

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