UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns

Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

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.

Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.

Mr. Johnson, who has been foreign secretary since June 2016, has been due to attend a summit on the future of the Western Balkans in London but did not show up – fuelling rumours about his imminent departure.

His exit comes hours after David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary shortly before midnight on Sunday.

The resignations of two of the Cabinet’s most senior ministers left Theresa May’s government in its most tenuous position since last year’s general election result.

Speculation had mounted that Mr Johnson could quit after he failed to attend a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee as well as a summit of Western Balkan nations being held in London.

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