Jeremy Hunt named UK foreign secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed the UK foreign secretary, replacing Boris Johnson who resigned on Monday in protest at the government’s Brexit plan.

Mr Hunt was previously the health secretary since 2012, making him the cabinet minister who has served longest in the same post.

He refused a move to the business department earlier this year, arguing that he wanted to dedicate himself to the health and social care system.

Since then, Theresa May has pledged £20.5bn to the National Health Service over five years, providing there is a plan for improving efficiency.

Having campaigned for Remain during the referendum, Mr Hunt has courted Brexiters by saying he would vote Leave if there were a second referendum, and saying it was “completely inappropriate” for companies such as Airbus to criticise the goverment’s Brexit strategy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not handle Brexit talks. Mr Hunt’s initial agenda will include Donald Trump’s visit the UK, starting on Thursday.

Matt Hancock, previously the culture secretary since January, has been appointed to Mr Hunt’s former role of health and social care secretary.


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