Brexit: Boris Johnson resigns as UK Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson has resigned as foreign secretary in the second major cabinet departure in 24 hours, plunging Theresa May’s government into chaos.

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.”

It comes after David Davis resigned as the Brexit secretary after a major row with the prime minister over plans for the future UK-EU relationship.

Meanwhile, the pound sterling plummets after Boris Johnson’s resigns as Foreign Secretary

The pound fell in the wake of Boris Johnson’s resignation from the Cabinet on Monday.

At 15.00 sterling was trading at $1.3261, down 0.64 per cent from the $1.3346 level at 14.40 when rumours of the Foreign Secretary’s departure began circulating.

Against the euro the pound was at €1.1287, down 0.43 per cent over the same period.

The move suggests the departure of Mr Johnson makes a no deal Brexit more likely. Sterling had taken the resignation of the Brexit Secretary David Davis largely in its stride.

The Independent

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