LONDON, July 9. /TASS/. Boris Johnson has resigned as British Foreign Secretary, the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said in a statement on Monday.
"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," the statement reads.
On July 8, Brexit Minister David Davis resigned over disagreements with the government’s policy, as Eurosceptics, Davis included, view the Brexit plan presented on July 6 as a major concession to Brussels, particularly as far as access to the EU common market and customs union is concerned. According to media reports, Johnson strongly criticized the plan.
On Monday, Johnson was expected to participate in a press conference alongside his German and Polish counterparts on the sidelines of the Western Balkans Summit taking place in London. However, he did not turn up at the summit.
Political analysts say that such a turn of events may put Theresa May in an exceptionally difficult position and cause a struggle for leadership in the ruling Conservative Party. In theory, it can result in May’s resignation as party leader and the country’s prime minister.
Johnson served as British foreign secretary for nearly two years.