Meet UK’s New Foreign Minister
Recall that it was the vote to leave the European Union, EU that led to the resignation of former prime Minister, David Cameron.
Now, more resignations have trailed the Brexit negotiations.
On Monday, UK Foreign Minister, who is a strong advocated of Brexit resigned in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union after the Brexit.
His resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Theresa May who immediately appointed a successor, Jeremy Hunt on Monday.
Analysts say the appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May’s top ministerial team.
While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed “Remain” during the 2016 referendum campaign.
Hunt told LBC Radio in October 2017, however, that he had changed his mind on the issue, in part because of what he said was disappointing “arrogance” in the EU’s behavior during negotiations.
Last month, Hunt said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal on leaving the EU.
“Huge honour to be appointed Foreign Secretary at this critical moment in our country’s history,” he said in a tweet after his appointment.
“Time to back our PM to get a great Brexit deal – it’s now or never…”
51-year-old Hunt had served as health minister for more than 5-1/2 years, the longest term of any in the history of the state-funded National Health Service, weathering doctors’ strikes, public discontent with funding levels and other challenges.
Hunt said it was a “massive wrench” for him to leave the department, adding: “I know some staff haven’t found me the easiest Health Sec”.