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U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Resigns

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Resigns

British Foreign secretary has resigned from his job protesting the Prime Ministers move to soften the economic impact of British withdrawal from the European Union.

Boris Johnson becomes the second cabinet minister to quit in less than 24 hours.

Late Sunday, David Davis was first cabinet member to quit as Brexit secretary.

Johnson is perhaps the most high-profile advocate of leaving the bloc, and his departure highlights the depth of the bitter divisions in May’s government.

Later today, May’s office issued a statement that said simply: “This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work.”

On several occasions, Johnson had appeared to undermine May’s strategy, and in comments that were recently leaked, he described her government as lacking “guts,” unfavourably comparing the prime minister’s negotiating style to that of President Trump.

Addressing Parliament on Monday, May said the options presented so far by European Union negotiators were unacceptable to Britain.

“If the E.U. continues on this course, there is a serious risk it could lead to no deal, and this would most likely be a disorderly no deal,” she said. “A responsible government must prepare for a range of potential outcomes.”

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