Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan Quits, before Johnson announced the new prime minister

 Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan Quits, before Johnson announced the new prime minister

    Senior minister Sir Alan Duncan has resigned from the Foreign Office , the day before the result of the Conservative leadership contest between Johnson and rival Jeremy Hunt is announced on Tuesday.

    Alan Duncan, a senior Conservative critic of Boris Johnson, becoming the latest in a string of ministers to pre-emptively quit their jobs in protest at Johnson’s likely direction as prime minister.

    He write letter to outgoing leader Theresa May, he wrote he was stepping down “a couple of days early in order to be free to express my views", making clear he could not serve in a Boris Johnson government.

    A cocktail of factors are thought to have prompted Duncan’s resignation.

    The departure of Duncan followed announcements on Sunday by  Chancellor Philip Hammond and Lord Chancellor David Gauke - have also threatened to walk out over the no-deal issue if Johnson wins, with Hammond announcing he would do it after Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday.



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