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UK PM May appoints Jeremy Hunt as new foreign minister

MAX HASTINGSJuly 10 2018 12:01am The Times The English love a buffoon but the Boris Johnson joke went tragically wrong Max Hastings

Leading proponents of Brexit called on her to abandon the deal struck with the Cabinet last Friday at Chequers, her country retreat outside London. That's partly because they can't be sure they have the numbers needed to defeat her.

To trigger a no-confidence vote in the PM, 15% of Tory MPs must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, now Sir Graham Brady.

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

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

Top Brexiteer Michael Gove, an ally of Mr Davis, Mr Johnson and also Mrs May, said everybody was "in very good spirits".

"My concern is about the policy rather than the individual", he said.

Mr Johnson's exit was announced by Downing Street moments before Mrs May faced the House of Commons to set out details of her plans.

"Time to back our PM to get a great Brexit deal - it's now or never".

In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Johnson said that, under her leadership, the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit", with the dream of an outward-looking global Britain "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

As we mentioned on our live blog this morning, it was a claim that was swiftly debunked on Twitter, with Mark Treasure, chair of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, highlighting that when Johnson was at City Hall, it was the British government he blamed for not implementing European Union rules on HGVs.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit with a resignation letter accusing May of flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union.

His replacement by Mr Hunt, a Remainer in the referendum campaign, is likely to further antagonise some Brexiteers. It came Monday afternoon, just before the Prime Minister was due to make a scheduled statement in Parliament.

Their resignation prompted a mini-reshuffle, with former health secretary Jeremy Hunt stepping into Mr Johnson's shoes and former housing minister Dominic Raab taking over from Mr Davis.

In keeping with that he has previously held two prominent positions as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice and more recently as the Attorney General.

"If we end up with a Brexit deal as it seems we are going to I will certainly finish my association with the Tory party and I do not think I would be the only one". "Nice try", she said while adding, "But I'm getting on with delivering what the British people want".