British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday, the day after the departure of Brexit Minister David Davis, Prime Minister Theresa May announced.
“This afternoon, the Prime Minister has accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson,” Downing Street wrote in a statement. “The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work,” Downing Street said, adding that his replacement would be announced “soon”.
In his letter of resignation Boris Johnson said the Brexit dream was “dying”.
“We are truly headed for the status of colony” of the EU, wrote the supporter of a hard Brexit in the letter addressed to the Prime Minister, criticising her plan to maintain close economic relations with Brussels after Brexit.
He was replaced in the evening by Jeremy Hunt, Minister of Health, who had supported keeping the UK in the European Union.
On Friday, Theresa May announced that she had reached a “collective position” on Brexit with her ministers. The final text, agreed upon after a twelve-hour meeting with twenty-nine ministers, will be explained in a “120-page white paper” to be published next week.
It plans to “create a free trade area between the UK and the EU with a set of common rules for industrial goods and agricultural products.”
Asked at a press conference on Monday afternoon about Johnson’s resignation, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said sarcastically, that “this clearly proves that at Chequers [venue of Friday’s meeting of the British government] there was clearly a unity of views in the British Cabinet.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, for his part expressed his “regret” on Monday that the idea of the UK leaving the bloc did not disappear along with its proponents, David Davis and Boris Johnson. “Politicians come and go, but the problems they created for the people remain. I can only regret that the idea of Brexit did not leave with Davis and Johnson. But … who knows? Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter.