Boris Johnson Resigns as U.K. Foreign Secretary Amid Brexit Turmoil

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Face of Brexit Boris Johnson resigns, plunging May into crisis

The MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright QC, has been named as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport following Matt Hancock's move.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of".

Matthew Hancock was announced as Mr Hunt's replacement as Health Secretary.

Theresa May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday evening, raising the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

The Prime Minister said she was "sorry and a little surprised" over Johnson's resignation, after "productive discussions" on Friday.

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The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit. "Mr Speaker, this is the right Brexit", she said to jeers from the opposition Labour Party.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means Britain is heading for a "semi Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of a colony" of the EU.

"It seems to me we're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a unsafe strategy at this time", Davis said in a BBC radio interview Monday morning.

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

It leaves the four great offices of state - Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, and Home Secretary - in the hands of ministers who voted to stay in the European Union, although in the case of Home Secretary Sajid Javid at least, with no great enthusiasm.

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The walkouts came after a weekend of crunch talks at Chequers over the weekend, in which ministers tried to hammer out the UK's Brexit negotiating position.

In her statement Prime Minister vowed to deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest, the right Brexit deal for Britain".

If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.

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

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