He became the third member of the cabinet of Therese May, who resigned in the last 24 hours.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced his resignation because of disagreement with Teresa May’s plan for a soft exit from the European Union (“soft Brexit”). This was reported by The Guardian with reference to the press secretary of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign minister. His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work.
According to the publication, May offered her cabinet a compromise version of the Brexit implementation. However, Johnson decided that he could not support this plan. As noted by The Guardian, the decision of one of the leaders of the campaign for withdrawal from the European Union was influenced by “consultations with friends and allies”.
Johnson became the third member of the British government, who left the cabinet in the last 24 hours. Prior to this, the Brexitic minister, David Davis, and his deputy and potential successor, Steve Baker, voluntarily resigned.
According to the author of The Guardian, Johnson’s departure “deepened the sense of crisis around May”, and the atmosphere surrounded by the British prime minister becomes “swiftly feverish.” The publication noted that the current situation could undermine May’s leadership in the Conservative Party – and it was Johnson that would be among her possible rivals.
According to the BBC, the plan for “soft Brexit” angered many representatives of the Conservative Party in Parliament. The authors of the publication noted that this plan turned “a delicate and difficult situation into a full-scale crisis.” They supported the view that Johnson’s departure could provoke speculation about leadership among the conservatives.