Boris Johnson sets out post-Brexit foreign policy vision

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron smiles as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London to face prime minister's questions for the last time Wednesday

Boris Johnson sets out post-Brexit foreign policy vision

Theresa May wanted Britain to stay in the European Union, but the government she unveiled Thursday leaves little doubt that Britain's new prime minister intends to fulfill voters' instructions and take it out of the 28-nation bloc.

British Prime Minister Theresa May filled out her Cabinet posts Thursday, assembling a government that sweeps away many of her predecessor's supporters and places strongly anti-EU figures in key global roles.

Regarding Boris Johnson's appointment, German parliamentarian and the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs committee substitute member Rolf Mützenich on Thursday said: "I wouldn't be surprised if Britain will now name Dracula as health minister".

New British Prime Minister Theresa May completed a major overhaul of the government Thursday, promoting leading Brexit campaigners and stunning observers.

Johnson was the figurehead of the successful Leave campaign, but since the referendum had suffered widespread criticism and ridicule for failing to present a clear Brexit plan and swiftly dropping out of the leadership race. But completely different political tasks now stand at the forefront: "this is about taking foreign policy responsibility beyond Brexit".

Wednesday, waves as she leaves after a cabinet meeting at number 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain on July 12, 2016.

Labour MP David Lammy summed up the reaction to Mr Johnson's appointment in a tweet, in which he wrote: "Boris Johnson as our Foreign Secretary?"

"We will work constructively with the newly elected British government in these hard times, as we have in the past", Schulz said Thursday in a statement.

Many British commentators questioned the wisdom of insulting the leader of Britain's most important ally.

Germany's influential Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, however, signaled a willingness to forget past statements by Johnson.

Britain has been one of the most vocal supporters of punitive European Union sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its role in the Ukraine crisis and of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation beefing up its military presence in the Baltic States and Poland to deter Russian Federation.

His appointment was met with dismay across Europe's political class, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault accusing him of lying during the European Union referendum campaign. Johnson replaced Philip Hammond on this post, who was in turn appointed as UK Chancellor. Professor Richard Whitman from Chatham House in London shared similar thoughts, saying that the preoccupation of British foreign policy is to develop a new relationship with the European Union, but simultaneously to try and develop a new or deepen some existing relationships.

This, however, is optimistic thinking considering Johnson's comment's about Zimbabwe's iconic leader.

May became prime minister late Wednesday after David Cameron stepped down in the wake of the June 23 vote, which sent shockwaves around the world and sparked fears of an economic downturn as Britain potentially closes off its biggest market.

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