Boris Johnson has resigned as Foreign Secretary amid a growing political crisis over the UK’s Brexit strategy, BBC reports.
He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary David Davis’s exit.
This comes barely hours after the most senior minister, David Davis, the most senior official in charge of the negotiation, resigned two days after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government to support the exit plan.
His departure came shortly before Theresa May is due to address Parliament about her new Brexit plan, which has angered many Tory MPs.
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Johnson’s exit had turned an “embarrassing and difficult situation for the PM into potentially a full-blown crisis”.
She said he was not any ordinary cabinet minister but was the “face” of the Leave campaign during the 2016 referendum and his departure would fuel speculation about a leadership challenge.
Mr Johnson, who has been foreign secretary since June 2016, has been due to attend a summit on the future of the Western Balkans in London but did not show up – fuelling rumours about his imminent departure.