German minister says given Britain a little time

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Johnson's appointment was a clear signal that Britain meant to leave the European Union and urged May to end uncertainty and give formal notice soon of London's intention to withdraw.

He replaces Philip Hammond, who now becomes the chancellor.

The three other cabinet members announced so far are Michael Fallon, who will remain as defense secretary, Amber Rudd as the new home secretary, and Liam Fox as the secretary of global trade.

Johnson was a prominent leader of the successful referendum campaign to take Britain out of the European Union who harbored his own leadership hopes, making him a factor for Prime Minister Theresa May to deal with as she tries to unify the sharply divided Conservative Party behind her.

UPDATED 6.37pm Britain's new Prime Minister has already shaken up the office positions but not everyone thinks she's made a good decision in Boris Johnson.

Jean-Marc Ayrault gave an unusually frank interview with the popular Europe-1 radio network Thursday following the news that Johnson will hold the top diplomatic post in new British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet.

Johnson's career was believed to be largely over in the wake of the extended political bloodletting that followed the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Even former prime minister John Major, a fellow Conservative, called him a "court jester" during the campaign.

This is the moment Angela Eagle found out Boris Johnson had been made Foreign Secretary - and her reaction is priceless. "By appointing B. Johnson she proved the opposite", he said. "This is something, frankly, that goes beyond a relationship, that goes beyond personalities".

Before becoming Britain's top diplomat, Johnson had an awkward relationship with America's erstwhile top diplomat and now presumptive Democratic nominee. "Johnson, bored and sidelined, would have had plenty of time to think up jokes about her and her government; now he'll be on a plane to Timbuktu instead", my colleague Anne Applebaum commented.

Rudd is by far the most inexperienced member of the cabinet politically.

"We have just played a game of street rugby with a bunch of kids and I accidentally flattened a 10-year-old, on TV unfortunately", Johnson said afterward.

Ralf Stegner, a senior German Social Democrat, said Mr Johnson would now "negotiate the Brexit".

Viewed as a capable, tough and intensely private man being compared to the Angela Merkel of Germany, as she renegotiates the nation's ties with its 27 European Union associates she must attempt to restrict the damage to British trade and investment.

Other notable "Leave" campaigners were rewarded. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker stated via Twitter he is “keen to learn about [Mrs Mays] intentions” with regard to the Brexit, saying the referendum vote “created a new situation which the United Kingdom and EU will have to address soon”.