UK's May names loyalist Jeremy Hunt as foreign secretary

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Jeremy Hunt arrives at the Foreign Office in London after being appointed as the new Foreign Secretary, following Boris Johnson's resignation (Simon Dawson/PA).

Prime Minister Theresa May announced Hunt's new role in a tweet, adding that the queen had approved the change.

Hunt, who had been the health secretary, is considered one of May's most loyal ministers.

On Monday, high-profile Brexiteer and Conservative MP Johnson announced he was resigning from the Cabinet, following the agreement of a Brexit proposal that would see the United Kingdom retain close links to the European Union after exiting the organisation.

Johnson said in his letter that May's plan to keep close economic ties with the bloc means the U.K.is heading for a "semi-Brexit" that would leave Britain with the "status of colony" within the EU.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned as the UK's Brexit plans remain in peril. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt".

However, she said that if he was unable to support the Government's agreed position "it is right that you step down".

Hunt was pushed to the fore during the 2010 general election campaign, and he was appointed to the coalition cabinet that May, only five years after becoming an MP.

He added that plans to create a common rulebook for goods and agrifoods "will make it much more hard to do free trade deals" - a key goal of the Brexit supporters.

In a two-page letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, the leading Brexit supporter said that while he initially accepted the government's proposal, it now "sticks in the throat". We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such European Union law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health - and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.

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"In a resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book' policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the European Union and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense".

David Davis quit as Brexit Secretary on Sunday.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

The EU has been keen to focus minds in Britain.

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