Alan Duncan quits: Foreign Office minister says he can't serve under Boris Johnson

Mail Online | 7/22/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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Boris Johnson is today gearing up for a brutal battle over Brexit as a foreign office minister quit saying he will not serve under the new PM.

Sir Alan Duncan - a long-time foe of Mr Johnson - announced his resignation as the department's number two just a day before the new Tory leader is due to be installed.

Letter - Sir - Alan - 'dark - Cloud

In his letter, Sir Alan sniped that he was frustrated at working under the 'dark cloud of Brexit' - and also took aim at Mr Johnson's handling of the case of British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran.

But supporters of Mr Johnson hit back by joking that they were 'crying a river' and playing a 'tiny violin'.

Departure - Claims - Slew - Ministers - Door

The departure immediately sparked claims that a slew of ministers will follow him out of the door as Theresa May's premiership enters its final 48 hours.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Justice Secretary David Gauke have already made clear they will quit on Wednesday before Mrs May formally stands down. Health minister Stephen Hammond and defence minister Tobias Ellwood are also believed to be among those considering their positions.

Mr - Johnson - Jeremy - Hunt - Leadership

Mr Johnson is almost certain to defeat Jeremy Hunt for the Conservative leadership tomorrow, and will take over from Mrs May in Downing Street on Wednesday after her final PMQs. The final ConHome poll of party activists suggests he could be on track to trounce his rival by 73 per cent to 27 per cent.

However, allies of the Tory front runner have played down speculation he will sack Mr Hunt as Foreign Secretary if he wins by a big margin, telling MailOnline they will 'kiss and make up' after bitter clashes during the contest.

Polls - Mr - Johnson - Victory - Result

Polls show Mr Johnson is likely to win a comprehensive victory when the result of the Tory leadership race is...
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