Boris Johnson Replaced By Jeremy Hunt As Foreign Secretary

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Jeremy Hunt has been named as the replacement of Boris Johnson as the foreign secretary of the United Kingdom.

Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, will fill the role of Hunt at the department for health and social care while MP Jeremy Wright will take on the previous role of Hancock.

The announcement was released hours after Johnson announced his resignation. In an open letter to Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, he said that the “Brexit dream is dying.” He also said that the Brexit negotiations were being “suffocated by needless self-doubt.”

On Sunday evening, David Davis, the  Brexit secretary, also handed in his resignation. Later, he informed the BBC that the United Kingdom was giving “too much away, too easily” in the negotiations with the European Union.

Last Friday, it seemed that May has been able to agree with a vital Brexit plan at Chequers with her cabinet. After the departure of Johnson, she said that she was “sorry and a little surprised” over his decision after the ministers seemed to support her proposals.

Today, while addressing the Parliament, the Prime Minister said to the MPs: “We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honouring the result of the referendum.”

Dominic Raab, the New Brexit secretary, also promised to strike the “best deal with our EU friends and partners” while getting ready for an increasingly possible no-deal situation.

Raab is formerly the housing minister. He was a prominent Leave campaigner during the 2016 Brexit referendum. He worked as a lawyer before becoming an MP in 2010. He will now take over the day-to-day negotiations with Michel Barnier, the representative of the European Union.

The European Commission has refused to issue a comment regarding the change of personnel. It said that it would continue to negotiate with “goodwill” to attempt to secure an agreement on the terms of the exit and future relations of the United Kingdom.