News desk :
Prime Minister Theresa May will continue to form her new government later – as she begins her first full day in Downing Street.
Leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said he was “humbled” having been named new foreign secretary, in one of May’s first cabinet appointments.
Philip Hammond became chancellor, Amber Rudd is home secretary, and Eurosceptic David Davis is new Brexit secretary.
May later told European leaders she was committed to the UK leaving the EU.
In a series of congratulatory phone calls taken by May on Wednesday evening, the UK’s second female prime minister spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
A Downing Street spokesman said May had “emphasised her commitment to delivering the will of the British people to leave the European Union”.
“The prime minister explained that we would need some time to prepare for these negotiations and spoke of her hope that these could be conducted in a constructive and positive spirit,” the spokesman added.
May will continue to fill out her new cabinet later on Thursday, with the new secretaries of state for health, education, and work and pensions among those expected to be appointed.
May began forming her new cabinet shortly after her arrival into 10 Downing Street. Her first cabinet announcement was former foreign secretary Hammond as chancellor – replacing George Osborne.
Osborne had been fired because his “brand” was seen as “too tarnished”, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said.