Face of Brexit Boris Johnson resigns, plunging May into crisis

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation and would name a replacement soon.

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.

He added, "This is a time when the world is looking at us as a country, wondering what type of country we are going to be in a post-Brexit world".

The departures raise the stakes for May, who believed that she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU.

Jeremy Hunt, appointed the new Foreign Secretary as the Prime Minister carried out a hurried reshuffle of her top team, vowed he would be "four square" behind her in driving through her Brexit plan.

Johnson had resigned, saying the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit. The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit.

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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, when ministers held talks at Chequers.

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But it soon began to unravel, when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more. Brexiteer Chris Green also resigned Monday evening from his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary.

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam.

Money is meanwhile being raised to help fund backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg should be opt to try and run for Prime Minister in the event of a Conservative Party leadership vote.

Long before the Brexit referendum and its aftermath, the Conservative Party was split on Europe, and May has struggled to unite the warring wings under her leadership.

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