British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that quitting the European Union did not mean "leaving Europe", as he brushed off criticism of his appointment in Prime Minister Theresa May's new Brexit government.
He said: "I set out what I think we need to be doing and what we need to be focusing on, and that is reshaping Britain's global profile and identity as a great global player".
New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet on Sunday EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, but she has scrapped a dinner for him and his 27 counterparts to discuss Brexit, officials said.
In her first move, she replaced UK Chancellor George Osborne with close friend Hammond, whose role as foreign secretary in David Cameron's Cabinet will be taken over by Johnson. She axed a handful of prominent ministers including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, a leading Brexit campaigner who had staged his own bid for prime minister. Europe politics class branded him a "Liar" who lied to his people about BexitBranding him a liar, a coward or a joker, Europe's political class greeted Eurosceptic Boris Johnson's appointment as Britain's foreign minister with a chorus of dismay on Thursday.
There is widespread animosity in Europe toward Johnson, who recently compared the EU's aims to those of Adolf Hitler.
In April, Johnson suggested that U.S. President Barack Obama had an "ancestral dislike" of Britain because he is part-Kenyan.
The former London mayor said the vote instructed the government to find a new relationship with the EU.
Another shot of the former London Mayor wearing a bike helmet is captioned: "Making sure GB is taken seriously".
"I have no worries about Boris Johnson". The Sharek Youth Forum, which Johnson was supposed to visit, said he was not welcome because he "fails to acknowledge our very existence as Palestinians".
But quite apart from his inauspicious comments in the past, Johnson's conduct and outspoken attacks on the European Union during the referendum campaign surprised diplomats. "So I don't know what you're talking about".
British papers widely reported today how Johnson has had to apologize in the past for referring to Africans as "piccaninnies" with "watermelon smiles" and republished a poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan describing him as having sexual intercourse with a goat.
Johnson had a call with US Secretary of State John Kerry, where they pledged to work together as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and Kerry offered US support for "a sensible and measured approach to the Brexit process", a US spokesman said. Johnson had been the bookmakers' favourite to become prime minister.
Mr Johnson is neither a good manager nor an original thinker, a hard proposition for a diplomatic service that values both qualities.
Three weeks after the shock vote for "Brexit", May's government faces the complex task of extricating Britain from the 28-nation European Union while trying to protect the economy from feared disruption to confidence, trade and investment.
Newly appointed Treasury chief Philip Hammond, meanwhile, sought to reassure the markets and the public, saying there was no need for an emergency national budget, despite the question marks hanging over the British economy following the referendum.