Britain's 'Charming Bastard' David Davis to lead Brexit talks

Boris Johnson, Britain's most colorful politician with a long record of gaffes and scandals, was appointed as foreign secretary on Wednesday in a surprise move by new Prime Minister Theresa May that could shake up world diplomacy.

To May, Putin "stressed the conviction that the preservation and augmentation of the significant potential of Russian-British cooperation in various fields that has been accumulated for a long time is in the fundamental interests of the two countries".

"As I once said, I was the future, once", he said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has begun his final session of prime minister's questions at the House of Commons.

He said he would miss the "roar of the crowd" in parliament, but assured his colleagues that he would be willing them on from his new position as a regular lawmaker representing his English constituency of Witney, near Oxford. Rev. Richard Chartres, gave his stamp of approval, saying that the United Kingdom was not "facing a pagan prime minister" in May, and that she has "profound Christian convictions".

He said the friendly nickname came from a Portuguese foreign minister, who also dubbed him "the master of constructive obstruction" at a time when Britain was battling to define its role in the European Union as the bloc sought closer integration.

Her policy on immigration has provoked criticism from evangelical Christian Tim Farron, a leader of the Liberal Democrats, who accused her of being "illiberal" and authoritarian, though she has also clashed repeatedly with the conservative Police Federation over corruption and stop-and-search policy.

"Goodbye Mr. Cameron. Nobody will miss you".

In April, Johnson suggested that U.S. President Barack Obama had an "ancestral dislike" of Britain because he is part-Kenyan. Asked late Wednesday whom he would apologize to first, Johnson said "the United States of America will be at the front of the queue".

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Mr Key also paid tribute to the outgoing Mr Cameron saying the pair had become very good friends and he had enjoyed working with him.

One of the more cheerful exchanges took place between Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Britain hasn't yet formally triggered talks on exiting the European Union and it's unclear when it will do so.

Jokes apart, Cameron sought to shore up his legacy as a reforming prime minister, highlighting his government's efforts to stabilise the post-financial crisis economy and the passing of gay marriage laws. May would provide strong and stable leadership. "You have kept me vaguely sane and, as well as being an incredible wife, mother and businesswoman, you have done something every week in that building behind me to celebrate the best spirit of voluntary service in our country".

"As we leave the European Union we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not just for a privileged few but for every one of us", May said, as her husband, Philip, stood nearby.

"We are living through an important moment in our country's history", she said outside Downing Street.

"Following the referendum [to leave the EU], we face a great national challenge".

"The number one challenge is to stabilize the economy, send signals of confidence about the future, the plans we have for the future, to the markets, to businesses, to global investors", Hammond told Sky News.

Alexis Flynn contributed to this article.

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