Dominic Raab, the new secretary of state for exiting the European Union, supports a “full fat” Brexit.
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Dominic Raab has been appointed the UK’s new secretary of state for exiting the European Union following the resignation of David Davis on Monday.
Davis resigned in protest over government plans to maintain a close trading relationship with the EU.
But who is Dominic Raab? An article published on Reuters on Monday provides some background. The 44-year old was elected to parliament in 2010 and has served in several junior ministerial roles since then. He studied law at Oxford and Cambridge universities before going on to work for Linklaters in London, where his areas where project finance, international litigation and competition law. Before becoming an MP, Raab also worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office.
A Brexit supporter, his most high-profile appointment was that of housing minister, a position he has only held since January 2018. He has previously served as a justice department minister and minister for civil liberties.
Raab will now take over negotiations with the EU’s Michel Barnier, but what stance will he take? In an interview in the House of Commons magazine, Politicshome, on 21 June, two weeks prior to his appointment as Brexit minister, he said that he supports a “full fat” Brexit. “So, yes, let’s take the risks seriously," he said. "I don’t want to be cavalier about that. But let’s also grasp the opportunities. If we do that and we show a team effort, then this country will go onto bigger, better things.”
As already reported in the Delano Breakfast Briefing of 10 July, Jeremy Hunt has been named the UK’s new foreign secretary, replacing Boris Johnson who also resigned on Monday.
Quite a week in UK politics and it is far from over yet.