Assessing his qualifications to negotiate with foreign governments when London Mayor, Mrs May said: “I seem to remember last time he did a deal with the Germans he came back with three nearly-new water cannon.”
However, welcoming Mr Johnson’s elevation, Tory MP James Cleverly said he was “spot on for this post”, having a proven record as London Mayor during which he also drummed up billions of pounds of foreign investment.
“He will be a great salesman for the UK and now we’ve left the EU we need to re-establish those international relations. He will do a fantastic job,” said Mr Cleverly, who backed Leave in the referendum campaign.
Fellow Tory MP Chris Philp, who voted Remain, said that in choosing her Foreign Secretary Mrs May had demonstrated “imagination and magnanimity”, showing that “she’s going to reach out to all parts of the party”.