Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Boris Johnson resigns as British foreign secretary

Theresa May Theresa May REUTERS Toby Melville
Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 03:17

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has already written to Mr Johnson and Mr Davis to thank them and has also written to the new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to assembled guests, as she hosts a reception to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, at 10 Downing Street, in central London on July 4, 2018.

Theresa May has moved to shore up her position following the shock resignation of Boris Johnson with the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as the new Foreign Secretary.

Johnson and Davis advocate a clean break with the European Union, known as "hard Brexit".

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

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Cable said: "The very striking things about the comments that resigning members of the government have made is the way in which they are managing to poison their own well".

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them", Johnson wrote in a letter that underscored his credentials as a champion of full-speed Brexit.

The HuffPost reports that May's allies believe that her unpredictable rival - perhaps the most polarising presence in the party - lacks the numbers to trigger a vote of confidence, and that "even if one was sparked, Johnson may also fail to get enough MPs needed to get his name on the leadership election ballot paper sent to party members".

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

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The then-foreign secretary had another head-in-hands moment in May when he was tricked into taking part in an 18-minute phone call with a prankster pretending to be the Armenian prime minister.

The Government went on to explain that it held Brexit discussions with senior officials from the UK Government yesterday afternoon, as the two Governments continue to work closely together going forward.

Asked if the PM lives to fight another day after the meeting, Mr Buckland said: "Oh, definitely".

One week later, Priti Patel quit as worldwide development secretary over undisclosed and unauthorised meetings in Israel, including with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The resignations rocked May in a week that includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit starting Wednesday and a United Kingdom visit by US President Donald Trump from Thursday.

Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has served as Health Secretary since 2012.

"Nine ministers have now resigned from the two key Brexit departments since Article 50 was triggered".

Though negativity about immigration has fallen sharply in Britain in recent years, for this handful of MPs, leaving the European Union is all about controlling immigration-and not much else.

He flew out to Washington DC to convince Mr Trump that Iran would "go for a bomb" if he deserted the agreement, with his words falling on deaf ears as the U.S. later announced it would be pulling out of the deal.

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