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Dominic Raab appointed to replace Davis as UK Brexit secretary

Staff Writer |
Theresa May on Monday appointed housing minister Dominic Raab MP as Brexit secretary after David Davis resigned from the role on Sunday evening.

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Raab, who was a prominent 'Leave' campaigner during the run-up to the 2016 referendum, will now take over the negotiations with the European Union's Michel Barnier for the UK's exit from the union.

Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary and a prominent Leave supporter, said: "Very welcome appointment of Dominic Raab to DExEU. Highly capable, across the issues, attention to detail, Leave supporter and pragmatist. Look forward to working with him to deliver Brexit."

The former solicitor has been MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey, England, since 2010.

A staunch supporter of the government and yet a strong supporter of the 'Leave' campaign, Raab's appointment appears to be a move intended to placate the supporters of a 'hard-Brexit' while maintaining stability from a new cabinet member who has a track record of loyalty.

Other names that had been associated with the role included environment secretary Michael Gove, cabinet office minister David Lidington, and transport secretary and May loyalist Chris Grayling.

Outgoing Brexit secretary Davis said he left his post as he did not agree with the EU exit plan drawn-up by the cabinet on Friday and accused Theresa May of giving up "too much, too easily".

Despite this, Davis insisted that moving against Theresa May was "not a good idea" for conservative MPs who have been dismayed at the softness of May's proposed Brexit plan.

Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, said: "The deep division at the heart of the Conservative Party has broken out in public and plunged this government into crisis.

"It is now clearer than ever that Theresa May does not have the authority to negotiate for Britain or deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy."

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