Jeremy Hunt named UK's new foreign minister to replace Johnson

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With Mr Johnson resigning shortly after 3pm, a Downing Street spokesman said: "This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

On the resignation of Mr Johnson, he added: "I can repeat what I said about Mr Davis". The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit.

May acted quickly to replace the ministers. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said. Meanwhile, May has defended her plan for the country's exit from the 28-nation bloc.

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

On Friday, May seemed to have agreed a vital Brexit plan at Chequers with her cabinet.

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum" in which United Kingdom voters opted to leave the EU.

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The EU has been keen to focus minds in Britain. A divorce agreement with the European Union is due to be wrapped up in October, but there are still major obstacles to overcome.

Government unity began to fray within hours. A longtime ally of May, he campaigned for remain but now says he supports Brexit. The agreement involved too close a relationship with the European Union, he said, and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the United Kingdom after it left the bloc.

"This mess is all of the Prime Ministers own making", opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told lawmakers.

The prime minister earlier faced down backbench critics at a meeting of the 1922 committee, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could have removed her as prime minister.

She was still recovering from her disastrous decision to call a snap election and Mr Johnson was brutal in applying maximum pressure.

His departure followed that of Brexit Secretary David Davis and several junior figures. She did not immediately name a replacement for Johnson.

"Nice try", she said with a touch of bravado.

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