Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership in trouble as the most popular Conservative Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, quit the cabinet…reports Asian Lite News
The second resignation of a senior Tory within 24-hours will undermine the ongoing Brexit process.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work.”
Mr Johnson had earlier referred May’s Brexit plan as ‘polishing a turd’. Brexit secretary David Davis put his papers on Sunday night.
His resignation follows that of the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker.
The prime minister hammered out a compromise with her deeply divided cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday, but after consulting friends and allies since, Johnson decided he could not promote the deal.
The prime minister will address her backbench MPs in Westminster at 5.30pm. If 48 MPs write letters of no confidence to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, May will face a vote of no confidence.