May loyalist named UK's new foreign secretary

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"It takes 48 Conservative members out of a total of 60 to trigger a leadership challenge; however, we are unlikely to see the challenge happen because there is not yet the belief that they have the numbers to effectively oust Theresa May", Hoez added.

Sir Graham has consistently refused to say whether he had received any such letters.

Johnson resigned as the foreign minister, warning that Britain will end up like a colony to the European Union after the government announced plans for a close trading relationship with the bloc after Brexit next year.

Allies of Mrs May said that just six MPs expressed dissent in the course of the meeting. "That's certainly up to the people, not up to me".

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said in response: "We share the mayor's concerns about the potential benefits of improved cab design and we want to see changes in the industry".

Johnson reportedly was more blunt, describing the plan as a "turd".

Asked if Brexiteers needed to put the PM's future to a vote of the Conservative Party, he replied "it may well come to that".

He made clear he had not submitted a letter of no confidence and expected Mrs May to remain at least until the official date of Brexit in March 2019.

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In a scathing resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Johnson said that, under her leadership, the United Kingdom was "heading for a semi-Brexit", with the dream of an outward-looking global Britain "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

The fallout from recent Brexit related resignations has triggered another round of musical chairs and resulted in the UK Government replacing Matt Hancock MP at the helm of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) with Jeremy Wright QC (MP for Kenilworth and Southam).

That's what Boris Johnson wrote yesterday in his resignation letter.

Le Figaro, the conservative French broadsheet, says the prime minister has been "destabilised by a pro-Brexit revolt", although the inside editorial points out the "mutiny is far from having been won".

May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine, he's been very, very nice to me", Trump told reporters before heading to Brussels for a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Reflecting on Mr Hunt's time at the DH, NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said: "He inherited a tangled mess of a reorganisation from his predecessor and he had to live with a succession of austere funding settlements which were never going to meet rising demand".

"We're a hugely important country in the world still and we should have been making much more of that".

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