Jeremy Wright QC Replaces Matt Hancock as UK Culture Secretary

Jeremy Wright QC Replaces Matt Hancock as UK Culture Secretary

Jeremy Wright QC Replaces Matt Hancock as UK Culture Secretary

Jeremy Wright, Geoffrey Cox, Chris Heaton-Harris, Kit Malthouse and Justin Tomlinson all receive promotions and their names were swiftly googled by many in Westminster. "But the agreement we reached on Friday marks the point where that is no longer the case, and if you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom, it is right that you should step down". After Johnson's departure she said she was "sorry and a little surprised" at his decision after ministers appeared to back her proposals.

Late on Sunday evening, Brexit secretary David Davis handed in his resignation.

A statement from Downing Street this evening said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs." and "pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care".

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab also vowed to strike the "best deal with our European Union friends and partners" while preparing for an increasingly likely no-deal scenario. Hunt, who backed the "remain" side in Britain's 2016 European Union membership referendum, favors keeping close economic ties to the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves next year.

Earlier, May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. See PA story POLITICS Brexit.

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit.

If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.

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