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UK: Cameron names eurosceptic Hammond foreign minister in pre-election reshuffle

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UK: Cameron names eurosceptic Hammond foreign minister in pre-election reshuffle

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British PM David Cameron has named a new eurosceptic foreign minster in his biggest ever Cabinet reshuffle ahead of next year’s general election.

Philip Hammond’s appointment sends a powerful signal to Britain’s EU partners.

The new Foreign Secretary has said that unless better membership terms can be negotiated for the UK he would rather leave the bloc. If re-elected,
Cameron has promised voters an in-out referendum.

Hammond will replace William Hague who voluntarily stood down on Monday in a surprise development

A former leader of Cameron’s Conservative party, Hague will take up a more junior post before stepping down as an MP altogether next year.

In another big change, a number of women are joining the Cabinet which critics have said was too male-dominated.