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Jeremy Hunt: Japanese-speaking ‘survivor’ is UK’s new foreign minister

10 July 2018

The dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

Bit weird, given that there was supposed to be strong cabinet "unity" after ministers met at Chequers last week, but then again no-one really thought that Brexit was going smoothly.

"It seems to me we're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a risky strategy at this time", Davis said in a BBC radio interview Monday morning.

Staunch Brexiteer Dominic Raab was named as Mr Davis's replacement as Secretary of State for Leaving the EU.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves No. 10 Downing Street after accepting the position of foreign secretary following the resignation of Boris Johnson on July 9 in London.

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May's plan seeks to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.

But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

Downing Street has been on a charm offensive with Conservative MPs since Theresa May and her Cabinet agreed a Brexit deal at Chequers on Friday - with mixed results. They also argued that the proposals breach several of the "red lines" that the government had set out, including a commitment to leave the EU's tariff-free customs union.

In his letter of resignation, Johnson said he saw May's "semi-Brexit" deal as a betrayal that would bring the country to the "status of a colony".

He wrote: "Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go".

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"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister", Davis said.

Johnson said he accepted his side of the argument lacked support to win out at Cabinet on Friday.

"The government now has a song to sing". Since I can not in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

Mr Hunt had recently become the longest service health secretary, having taken the role in September 2012.

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the Government. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record global support for this Government's campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe - a continent which we will never leave.

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