UK health minister replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit row

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Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to curb the growing turmoil around her leadership with the appointment of UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt as the new foreign secretary to replace Boris Johnson.

Johnson, who dramatically stepped down yesterday from his post soon after the resignation of Brexit minister David Davis, accused May of pursuing a “semi-Brexit” with proposals for post-Brexit trade that would leave Britain as a “colony” of the European Union (EU).

Hunt’s post of health secretary has been taken over by culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock, as May struggled to keep control of dissenting voices within her top team.

During a day packed with high-profile Cabinet departures, she also faced down her Conservative party’s powerful 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could have removed her as Prime Minister.

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