Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:32 WIB | GLOBAL |Global
British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed longtime supporter Jeremy Hunt as foreign minister after Boris Johnson resigned from the post Monday amid disagreement in the Cabinet over the nation's pending exit from the European Union.
Hunt, the former health minister, had originally been against Brexit, but said he had become a supporter, calling as arrogant the EU's behavior during negotiations. Johnson was a staunch Brexit supporter.
Johnson complained in his resignation letter May's plans to maintain close trade ties with the EU amounts to a "semi-Brexit," with Britain heading toward the "status of colony."
The "Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt," he wrote.
"We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum," May said, addressing parliament shortly after the announcement, referring to the June 2016 referendum in which British citizens voted to leave the EU.
"But I want to recognize the former secretary of state for exiting the European Union. For the work he did to establish a new department and steer through parliament some of the most important legislation for generations," she also said.
Johnson's departure comes a day after Britain's Brexit minister, David Davis, stepped down from his post. May has since appointed Dominic Raab to replace Davis.
Davis called May's approach to the nation's exit from the EU "a dangerous strategy."
Source : VOA