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Dominic Raab appointed as new UK Brexit secretary

Raab was appointed to the role after former secretary David Davis resigned suddenly late last night.

File photo of Dominic Raab.
File photo of Dominic Raab.
Image: Stefan Rousseau

CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN DOMINIC Raab has been named as the new Secretary of State for Brexit.

Raab was appointed to the role after former secretary David Davis resigned suddenly late last night.

“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of @DominicRaab MP as Secretary of State for @DExEUgov,” the prime minister’s office tweeted this morning.

Davis announced his resignation just two days after warring factions in May’s cabinet approved a Brexit plan in a bid to unblock negotiations with Brussels.

Friday’s agreement, which came after marathon talks at the Prime Minister’s country retreat, would “make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real”, Davis said in his resignation letter.

Raab

Raab (44) is a Brexit supporter who was first elected as an MP in 2010. Before being appointed to this role he was housing minister.

The son of a Czech-born Jewish father (who came to Britain as a refugee), he played a prominent role in the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum.

His appointment was welcomed by Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary and a staunch Brexit supporter.

“Very welcome appointment of @DominicRaab to @DExEUgov,” she tweeted.

Highly capable, across the issues, attention to detail, Leave supporter and pragmatist. Look forward to working with him to deliver Brexit.

Raab has had a number of past gaffes, including when he drew criticism in 2011 for branding feminists as “obnoxious bigots”.

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