Britain's Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt walks up Downing Street, London, Britain, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner
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Theresa May appointed a strong Brexit supporter as aid minister Thursday following a resignation that left the British prime minister struggling to ward off open conflict in a Cabinet divided over leaving the European Union.May is grappling with crises on several fronts. Her team is struggling to make headway in exit talks with the EU, several ministers are embroiled in a wider sexual harassment scandal and her ability to command a majority in Parliament is facing its most serious test.Penny Mordaunt, 44, who has previously held junior ministerial roles, had a short meeting with May at Downing Street during which her appointment as international development secretary was confirmed.Two other ministers, including May's deputy, are also being investigated.Sixteen months after Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum, opinions are still split over Brexit at every level from voter to minister.
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