LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as international minister on Monday after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest on the government’s plans for a detailed buying and selling relationship with the European Union.
The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving well being minister, sees a detailed May ally exchange the maverick Johnson, and will alter the Brexit steadiness of May’s prime ministerial group.
While Johnson was one of the vital high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed “Remain” in the course of the 2016 referendum marketing campaign.
However, Hunt informed LBC Radio in October 2017 he had modified his thoughts on the problem, partly on account of what he stated was disappointing “arrogance” within the EU’s behaviour throughout negotiations.
Last month, Hunt stated it was inappropriate for companies like Airbus (AIR.PA) to difficulty warnings about moving jobs due to Brexit and that they need to as an alternative be getting behind May in her push for a very good deal on leaving the EU.
Hunt had served as well being minister for greater than 5-1/2 years, the longest time period of any within the historical past of the state-funded National Health Service, weathering medical doctors’ strikes, public discontent with funding ranges and different challenges.
Matt Hancock changed Hunt as Health Secretary, whereas Attorney General Jeremy Wright was appointed as minister of Digital Culture, Media and Sport, Hancock’s previous job.
Reporting by Alistair Smout; modifying by Gareth Jones