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LON­DON – Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ap­pointed a strong Brexit sup­porter as aid min­is­ter yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a res­ig­na­tion that left her strug­gling to ward off open con­flict in a cab­i­net di­vided over leav­ing the EU.

May is grap­pling with crises on sev­eral fronts. Her team is strug­gling to make head­way in exit talks with the Euro­pean Union, sev­eral min­is­ters are em­broiled in a wider sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal and her abil­ity to com­mand a ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment is fac­ing its most se­ri­ous test.

Penny Mor­daunt, 44, who has pre­vi­ously held ju­nior min­is­te­rial roles, had a short meet­ing with May at Down­ing Street dur­ing which her ap­point­ment as the new In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary was con­firmed.

Fel­low Brexit sup­porter Priti Pa­tel re­signed from the po­si­tion on Wed­nes­day over undis­closed meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials that breached diplo­matic pro­to­col.

Pa­tel’s res­ig­na­tion forced May into her sec­ond cab­i­net reshuf­fle in a week af­ter for­mer de­fence min­is­ter Michael Fal­lon re­signed in the sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal that has also led to in­ves­ti­ga­tions of two other min­is­ters in­clud­ing May’s deputy.

Vol­un­teer re­servist

Mor­daunt was elected in 2010 to rep­re­sent the south­ern English coastal city of Portsmouth, where she also serves as a vol­un­teer re­servist for the Royal Navy. She has ar­gued the EU is a fail­ing in­sti­tu­tion and that leav­ing would help make Bri­tain safer.

A fresh round of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Bri­tain and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion be­gan on Thurs­day.

Progress in Brus­sels is vi­tal to help May keep on­side ner­vous businesses who say they ur­gently need to know what will hap­pen when Bri­tain leaves the bloc; oth­er­wise they will be forced to start trig­ger­ing con­tin­gency plans. (Reuters)

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