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BREAKING: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns



British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday in a major blow for Prime Minister Theresa May , hours after her Brexit minister stepped down over her plans for leaving the EU .
“ This afternoon , the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary , ” May ’ s Downing Street office said in a statement.

“ His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work , ” the statement said .

In private, Johnson had reportedly criticised May ’ s plan for retaining strong economic ties to the EU even after Brexit , referring to the plan as “ polishing a turd ” .

Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however , he had refrained from public comment .

He was due to co – host a summit on the Western Balkans in London on Monday but did not show up .

Germany ’ s junior foreign minister Michael Roth tweeted : “ We ’ re still waiting for our host ” .