Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary

London: Theresa May has moved to shore up her position following the shock resignation of Boris Johnson with the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as the new Foreign Secretary.

Johnson plunged the government into crisis after he announced he was quitting with a scathing denunciation of the prime minister's Brexit plans, saying they would leave the UK a "colony" of the European Union.

Incoming UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Incoming UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

His dramatic departure was the second resignation of a cabinet "big beast" in less than 24 hours, after Brexit Secretary David Davis walked out late on Sunday.

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the government, while Chris Green quit his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide at the Department for Transport.

Hunt moves to the Foreign Office from the Department of Health and Social Care after having secured a STG20 billion ($A35 billion)-a-year funding increase for the NHS.

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