Boris Johnson has resigned as foreign secretary in a tumultuous fay that’s seen two other ministers walk out of the government rather than back Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for a soft Brexit.
His resignation follows that of the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker.
PM May announced a compromise with her deeply divided cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday.
But after consulting friends and allies since, Johnson decided he could not support the deal, Guardian writes.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work.”
After the Chequers summit, it emerged that Johnson had referred to attempts to sell the prime minister’s Brexit plan as ‘polishing a turd’.
The Mercurial Johnson was the public face of the Vote Leave campaign, and his departure will deepen the sense of crisis around May, who’s already facing the dreaded vote of no confidence.
While the prime minister’s supporters believe she would win such a contest, defeat for her would mean a leadership challenge, with Johnson among the potential candidates.