Jeremy Hunt has been appointed the new British foreign secretary, following Boris Johnson's resignation over Theresa May's Brexit plans.

On Monday, high-profile Brexiteer and Conservative MP Johnson announced he was resigning from the Cabinet, following the agreement of a Brexit proposal that would see the UK retain close links to the European Union after exiting the organisation.

Johnson, who favours a stronger break with the EU, said in his resignation letter that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony."

10 Downing Street confirmed Hunt's appointment on Twitter, after he was seen visiting the Prime Minister's official residence earlier in the evening.

The Queen has been pleased ... @ UK Prime Minister

Hunt supported Remain during the 2016 referendum on EU membership, but has since been critical of the European Commission's approach to negotiations.

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