Published: Tue, July 10, 2018

Boris Johnson resigns as United Kingdom foreign secretary amid Brexit dispute

Boris Johnson resigns as United Kingdom foreign secretary amid Brexit dispute

"The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", he wrote.

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary", a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May said.

The pound's fall was initially triggered after Boris Johnson, the UK's foreign secretary, unexpectedly resigned from his post.

Jeremy Hunt has been named as Boris Johnson's successor as foreign secretary.

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis delivers a speech in London, on Britain's vision for the future security relationship with the EU, on June 6, 2018.

"We'll need to see political uncertainty pick-up meaningfully", he told Business Insider.

The prime minister's official spokesman said she would fight any attempt to oust her as prime minister if the required 48 Tory MPs called for a contest.

She earlier faced her critics at a packed meeting of backbench Conservative MPs, many of whom share Mr Johnson's concerns about her Brexit stance. "I won't be encouraging people to do that, I think it's the wrong thing to do".

Brexit minister Steve Baker and two ministerial aides also resigned.


He claims crucial decisions have been postponed, including preparations for a "no-deal" scenario, "with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the European Union system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system".

The withdrawal agreement - the prerequisite for an EU-UK trade deal and a transition period - needs to be agreed by the end of the year the latest in order to have enough time for ratification in the EU and the UK before Britain leaves the EU next March. In her statement to members of Parliament, May acknowledged the splits in her government, saying of the ministers who quit: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum".

David Davis was partway through an LBC interview when news broke of Mr Johnson's resignation.

Johnson's resignation marks a major blow to the stability of May's government, with speculation it could collapse already rife.

'Massive wrench for me to leave health - I know some staff haven't found me the easiest health sec but the NHS, and particularly patient safety, has become my passion and it really was the greatest privilege of my life to serve for so many years'.

Davis's departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU.

The following day, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the referendum and led the campaign to remain within the European Union, resigns as a result of the shock vote.

Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment. She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson.

The ministers "do not agree" on the best way forward in the negotiations, May admits in parliament.

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