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Jeremy Hunt appointed Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson resigns

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The Health Secretary was called in to replace Boris Johnson. Credit: The Guardian

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as the new foreign secretary following Boris Johnson’s resignation, it has been confirmed.

Downing Street announced the appointment in a tweet, reading: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon @Jeremy_Hunt as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.”

Theresa May’s government faced scrutiny as senior figure Boris Johnson quit as foreign secretary as he claimed the Brexit “dream is dying”.

He condemned May’s soft Brexit plans in his resignation letter, claiming that the UK was headed for “colony” status if the plans went ahead.

Johnson’s resignation came just hours after David Davis stepped down as Brexit Secretary, plunging Theresa May’s government into turmoil.

Johnson wrote that he believed May’s plan represented “a semi-Brexit” with large parts of the economy “locked in the EU system, but with no UK control”.

Steve Baker, a junior minister in Davis’ Department for Exiting the European Union also resigned.

Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans, however she may face a vote of no confidence from her MPs which could see her job on the line.

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