Boris Johnson has decided to resign from his foreign secretary position rather than back Theresa May’s plans for a soft Brexit. Johnson is the third minister to leave his position in the previous 24 hours.
May was forced to work through a compromise with her cabinet during an all-day meeting on Friday. It apparently didn’t go as planned.
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.”
The move isn’t really a surprise, after Friday’s Chequers summit, Boris allegedly said the prime minister’s Brexit plan was nothing more than the equivalent of “polishing a turd.”
At nearly the same time both Brexit secretary, David Davis, and his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker, resigned. The resignations occurred after May attempted to bring her cabinet together.
A No Confidence Vote In May’s Future?
The departure of Johnson and two others could lead to more uncertainty about Theresa May’s plans for the country and ultimately lead to a vote of no confidence. If 49 MPs write letters of no confidence, May will face the consequences of their decision.
May will address a crowd in Westminster at 5.30pm.