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Brexit row: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns

 Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves a Brexit subcommittee meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, in this file photo.

Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves a Brexit subcommittee meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, in this file photo.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, the British government said on Monday, amid a widening split in the Cabinet over Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Ms. May had accepted the resignation on Monday and would announce a replacement soon.

A leader of the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, Johnson was under pressure to act after the resignation of David Davis as Brexit secretary .  

Mr. Davis quit late Sunday saying he could not support May’s plans for close trade and regulatory ties with the bloc after the U.K. leaves the European Union next year.

Mr. Davis’s late-night resignation undermined Ms. May’s already fragile government, which has lost several Ministers in the past year over sexual misconduct allegations and other scandals. Mr. Davis was a strong pro-Brexit voice in a Cabinet divided between supporters of a clean break with the bloc and those who want to keep close ties with Britain’s biggest trading partner.

Mr. Davis was replaced on Monday with Dominic Raab, a lawmaker who strongly supports Britain’s EU exit.


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