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 E.U.
“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 E.U. 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.”
Boris Johnson now has the chance to save Brexit, he will be a hero if he walks away from the betrayal of voters’ trust.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 9, 2018
Prime Minister May paid tribute to her outgoing foreign and Brexit ministers but told parliament she and they “do not agree” on the best way forward in the negotiations.
“We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honouring the result of the  referendum,” May said.