Profiles: Matt Hancock and Jeremy Wright

Profiles: Matt Hancock and Jeremy Wright

Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street, London, where he was appointed as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, following Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Foreign Secretary.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of".

Culture Secretary's don't seem to last very long these days and indeed Hancock, who now moves up to replace Jeremy Hunt MP as the UK Health Secretary, was only promoted to the position of Culture Secretary in January 2018 when he replaced Karen Bradley MP (here).

The news comes alongside an impromptu "mini-reshuffle" by Theresa May, following the shock resignations of senior cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson earlier today.

Johnson was said to have decided not to quit over May's soft Brexit plan because he wanted to remain in Cabinet and fight for the divorce he wants, a person familiar with his thinking said after the Chequers meeting. "Mr Speaker, this is the right Brexit", she said to jeers from the opposition Labour Party.

In a scathing resignation letter, Mr Johnson - who led the official Leave campaign in the European Union referendum - said the dream of the Brexiteers was "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt" and that Mrs May's plan would reduce the United Kingdom to the "status of a colony".

But it soon began to unravel, when Davis resigned late on Sunday and launched a no-holds-barred attack on her plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to European Union negotiators, who would simply ask for more.

Prince Harry and Meghan visit Republic of Ireland
The royal couple will meet both President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during their relatively short two-day trip. The royal fab four made an appearance the 100th birthday celebrations of the Royal Air Force at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

She said she and the two departed ministers "do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honoring the result of the referendum" in which United Kingdom voters opted to leave the EU.

Johnson's resignation was more perilous for May given his seniority in government.

Just on Friday, May announced she had secured the backing of her whole Cabinet for her Brexit plan and told ministers to either back it or resign.

In her statement Prime Minister vowed to deliver "a Brexit that is in our national interest, the right Brexit deal for Britain". "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".

If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.

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