Foreign minister Boris Johnson resigns - PM May's office

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Kat Malthouse, a work and pensions minister, replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister and Chris Heaton-Harris became a junior minister at the Brexit department, replacing Steve Baker.

"I heard last night it might be delayed so I think it bodes well that we can sit down to hammer out a deal which is good for the United Kingdom and the EU. That's certainly up to the people, not up to me".

In his resignation letter, Johnson wrote: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".

With Britain due to leave the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019, European Union officials have warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a deal spelling out the terms of the divorce and a post-split relationship.

"I have always liked him", he said, adding he had not spoken with Prime Minister May since Johnson quit.

May is holding a meeting of her new-look cabinet on Tuesday, following a forced reshuffle in the aftermath of the resignations. Inside it warns readers that a "no-deal" Brexit or fresh elections can no longer be ruled out.

May acted quickly to replace the ministers.

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab also vowed to strike the "best deal with our European Union friends and partners" while preparing for an increasingly likely no-deal scenario.

The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. "The latest Brexit betrayal must be reversed", he was quoted as saying by The Independent.

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Mr Barrow also suggested that David Davis could be considered as a replacement for Theresa May. "But I think the government will continue to do what it needs to do as far as Brexit is concerned, both domestically and internationally".

The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago.

But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was incapable of delivering Brexit. "Two secretaries of state have resigned and still we are no clearer as to what our future relationship with our nearest neighbors and biggest trading partners will be".

They offered their support to the Prime Minister after the government was rocked by a spate of resignations, with supposed cabinet unity over her Brexit negotiating position in tatters.

But even if she achieved that threshold, a narrow victory would seriously undermine her authority and may lead her to question whether it was worth carrying on.

Earlier, May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench.

However, county MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Philip Dunne, Lucy Allan, Mark Pritchard and Montgomeryshire Conservative Glyn Davies have all urged their party colleagues to support the leader.

But in parliament, her words suggested she had chose to face down the dissenters rather than change her plans.

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