Boris Johnson's resignation letter and Theresa May's response - in full

Brexit news

Boris Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary intensified Downing Street's crisis after Brexit Secretary David Davis quit over Theresa May's plans to depart the European Union.

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

The controversy didn't stop Mr Johnson from publicly slamming the government's Brexit approach again months later.

His dramatic departure was the second resignation of a Cabinet "big beast" in less than 24 hours, after Brexit Secretary David Davis walked out late on Sunday.

But the chaos surrounding the government will not die down any time soon-the contingent supporting a hard Brexit is more angry than ever. "This is the right Brexit", she said.

Theresa May raised the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

Hunt had been health secretary, and is a leading government backer of a compromise "soft Brexit".

10 Downing Street confirmed Hunt's appointment on Twitter, after he was seen visiting the Prime Minister's official residence earlier in the evening.

He said Britain was heading for "a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the European Union system, but with no United Kingdom control over that system".

Spider-Man: Far From Home Adds JB Smoove In Mystery Lead Role
Details on Smoove's role in the film have not been released, but Deadline notes that he will play a lead in the ensemble cast. While the plot of the film is still under wraps, we know it will take Holland's Peter Parker overseas during summer vacation.

Trump Pardons Arsonists That Inspired 2016 Bundy Standoff
Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son, Steven, 49, were convicted in 2012 for setting a fire that spread onto public grazing land. Prosecutors won an appeal and the Hammonds were resentenced in October 2015 to serve the mandatory minimum.

Liu Xia, wife of late Nobel Peace Prize victor , leaves China
He was the first Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1938. The German embassy had offered in April to help Liu Xia travel to Germany but the move did not take place.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means the U.K.is heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU.

But while many Brexit campaigners were still hoping for a vote of confidence to oust May, it is unlikely that they have the numbers.

The PM told MPs she wanted to recognise the work of the former Brexit secretary on steering through some of the "most important legislation for generations" and the "passion" that the outgoing foreign secretary had shown in promoting a "global Britain to the world".

In her response to Johnson, May wrote that she was "sorry and a little surprised" by his move after his apparent support on Friday, when ministers held talks at her country retreat of Chequers and emerged with a "collective" position on Brexit.

"May is fighting for her survival", Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a research note.

In his letter of resignation, he described her readiness to accept a "common rulebook" with the European Union in trade on goods and her proposal of "impractical and undeliverable customs arrangements" as being like "sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

But others argued May had adopted the most realistic plan after she was weakened in an ill-judged election previous year when she lost her parliamentary majority, meaning she has to rely on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Ireland on first worldwide trip
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:41
In the months between Harry and Meghan's official engagement announcement and the royal wedding itself, it was her go-to style. Harry and Meghan will "meet the people of Dublin and visit organisations which are central to Irish life".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vale Kylie Jenner's lip fillers
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:10
The 20-year-old star became insecure about her lips after a comment from her teenage crush. "I still do Juvéderm for my lips". But Kylie was quick to respond to her devoted fans, writing: "i got rid of all my filler ", with several anxious face emojis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:02
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said on Sunday that he respects England's team but his players are not afraid of anyone. With the boys in Russian Federation through to the semi-finals of the World Cup, football is on everyone's minds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thai Navy SEALs, medic give thumbs up after cave rescue
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:02
On Tuesday, the final members of the team were brought out to complete the rescue, and the news has been welcomed across soccer . This final mission aims to rescue the last remaining 4 members of the team, as well as their coach .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top BMC take team time trial, Froome back in contention
Jul 11, 2018 - 01:36
It would have been nice not to have thrown 51 seconds away on the first day. But Sky will be happy to see many of Froome's rivals lose significant time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ex-Clinton adviser: Trump aiming for 'right-wing takeover' of the courts
Jul 11, 2018 - 01:02
And, you know, the concern would be that something could pop up going through all those papers that could make him a tougher pick. Outside Trump Tower in Midtown, demonstrators gathered to protest the potential shift of the Supreme Court to the right.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Elon Musk is in the Thai cave where children are being rescued
Jul 11, 2018 - 00:59
The Thai navy celebrated the completed mission on Facebook with their slogan "Hooyah!", adding that it was a "miraculous" rescue. Momentary celebrations quickly gave way to rising anxiety as it became clear that the rescue would necessarily be highly risky .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top France And Belgium World Cup Combined XI Is Pure Fire Emoji
Jul 11, 2018 - 00:08
In Belgium's corner will be France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry who is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff. Notable: Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since Pele did it against Sweden in 1958.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France
Jul 10, 2018 - 23:53
Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists). Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil.

Riyad Mahrez signs for Man City? Leaked photo suggests Leicester done deal
Jul 10, 2018 - 23:37
The midfielder who has been unsettled at Leicester following failed moves last season is now undergoing medicals at City. Leicester said in a statement the deal was a "club-record fee".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justin Bieber confirms engagement to model Hailey Baldwin
Jul 10, 2018 - 23:14
Right then, Justin popped the big question to Hailey and proposed her in front of everyone present at the venue. Justin Bieber is known as much for his non-music-related antics as he is for his chart-topping hits.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce six godparents for Prince Louis
Jul 10, 2018 - 22:57
Guests were enjoyed slices of fruit cake from a tier of William and Kate's eight-tier wedding cake at the swanky do. In keeping with royal tradition, the water used for Louis' christening had been sourced from the River Jordan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gareth Southgate's £115 friendship bracelet could be bringing luck to England
Jul 10, 2018 - 22:10
Southgate is looking to lead England to their first World Cup final since 1966, when they last won the tournament. The song sank without trace, as did England's football hopes as the team failed to get out of the group stages.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says meeting with Putin, not North Atlantic Treaty Organisation , may be 'easiest'
Jul 10, 2018 - 21:45
In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , center, speaks with U.S. President Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May after their meeting at the White House on January 27, 2017.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top During trump’s visit to London, protesters will launch a huge "baby Bombs"
Jul 10, 2018 - 21:29
However, they are in charge of local airspace and have the power to veto the flight on July 13 if it poses a safety issue. He criticised the USA president over his tweets following the terror attacks in London previous year .