New UK foreign minister has made U-turn on Brexit

New British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt backed "Remain" during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign, observers recalled after PM Theresa May appointed the long-serving health minister, who is also her close ally, at the top diplomatic post on Monday.

His predecessor Boris Johnson, one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, resigned in protest at the government's plans for a close trading relationship with the EU. However, last year Hunt admitted he had changed his mind on Brexit, in part because of what he said was disappointing "arrogance" in the EU's behaviour during negotiations.

Last month, he said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal on leaving the EU.

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