Boris Johnson has resigned as British foreign secretary, becoming the third minister in 24 hours to quit the government rather than back Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy for Brexit.
“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” May’s Downing Street office said in a statement on Monday hours after Brexit minister David Davis stepped down.
“His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work,” the statement said.
In private, Johnson had reportedly criticized May’s plan for maintaining strong economic ties to the European Union even after an official exit from the bloc.
Since the cabinet approved the plan on Friday, however, Johnson had refrained from public comment.
The top diplomat was expected to co-host a summit on the Western Balkans in London on Monday, but failed to show up.
As the public face of the “Leave” campaign, Johnson’s…