U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was battling Monday to overcome her biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority in last year’s general election after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned.
Downing Street said in a one-line statement that May accepted Johnson’s resignation and thanked him for his work.
The resignation of Johnson — a figurehead for the fervently pro-Brexit wing of the ruling Conservative Party that favor a clear break with the EU — raises the chance May will face a formal challenge to her leadership.
Johnson’s resignation is the second high-profile departure from May’s cabinet in two days. David Davis, the minister in charge of Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union, resigned overnight after deciding he couldn’t support a Brexit plan agreed by the cabinet on Friday.
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