London, July 14 (IANS) New British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce more additions to her cabinet on Thursday, a day after she filled in key key positions with ‘Leave’ campaigner and former London Mayor Boris Johnson being appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.
Johnson said he was “very humbled, very proud to be offered this chance”. He said he was “very, very surprised” to have been offered the job of Foreign Secretary.
Philip Hammond, the former Foreign Secretary, has been made the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd is Home Secretary, and Eurosceptic David Davis has been made the new Brexit secretary.
May has told European leaders she is committed to the UK leaving the EU.
Johnson, who has often cycled to work, left his north London home in a ministerial car on Thursday morning for his first day at the Foreign Office without commenting to awaiting reporters, The Telegraph said.
“Clearly we now have a massive opportunity to play a new part in Europe to make a great success of our new relationship with Europe and the World. I’m very excited to play a part of that,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying.
The new Chancellor said the vote to quit the European Union has had a chilling effect on the British economy but there will be “no emergency budget”.
Britain needs “to ensure access to the single market for our financial services industry”, said Hammond.
The new government will do “whatever is necessary to keep the economy on track” and the pace of deficit reduction could be curbed, he suggested.
Hammond told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We will face some challenges in the short term in managing the economy. It has had a shock as a result of the decision on June 23 to leave the European Union.”
The former Foreign Secretary said he would be meeting with the Bank of England governor on Thursday and vowed “we will do whatever is necessary to keep the economy on track”.
Amid reports that his predecessor George Osborne, who he previously worked with, was sacked from the role, Hammond said he did not believe the change was a policy decision, but one to allow May to bring together a team to help “reunite” the country.
In her first address to the nation, May instantly distanced herself from former Prime Minister David Cameron’s government by declaring she would not “entrench the advantages of the fortunate few”, The Telegraph said.
She then entered Number 10 and began a reshuffle which started with Osborne being told he would not be a part of the new government and was being replaced by former Secretary of State Philip Hammond.
Liam Fox, another senior Brexit supporter, was made International Trade Secretary.
Amber Rudd, who backed the campaign to stay in the EU, became the new Home Secretary and will now lead reform of Britain’s immigration system in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Michael Fallon, an early supporter of May for the Party leadership, remained as Defence Secretary.