British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, Downing Street said in a statement on Monday, hours after Brexit minister David Davis stepped down.
“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” Theresa May’s Downing Street office said in a statement.
“His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work,” the statement said.
In private, Johnson had reportedly criticised May’s plan for retaining strong economic ties to the EU even after Brexit, referring to the plan as “polishing a turd”.
Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.
He was due to co-host a summit on the Western Balkans in London on Monday but did not show up.
Germany’s junior foreign minister Michael Roth tweeted: “We’re still waiting for our host”.
We’re still waiting for our host… #WBLondonSummit
— Michael Roth MdB (@MiRo_SPD) July 9, 2018
This is a developing story.
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