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Boris Johnson:1ST UK Prime Minister To Take Oath Of Office Without A Wife By His Side– Meet New Cabinet

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Boris Johnson’s new cabinet will meet for the first time this morning, before the new prime minister addresses the House of Commons.

yesterday Mr Johnson gave key roles to leading Brexiteers.

Dominic Raab and Priti Patel returned to government as foreign secretary and home secretary respectively.

And Sajid Javid became chancellor – as more than half of Theresa May’s old cabinet, including leadership rival Jeremy Hunt, quit or were sacked.

Other key appointments included:

Stephen Barclay: Brexit secretary (retains post)

Michael Gove: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and no-deal Brexit planning

Ben Wallace: Defence secretary

Liz Truss: International trade secretary

Matt Hancock: Health secretary (retains post)

Gavin Williamson: Education secretary

Nicky Morgan: Culture secretary

Andrea Leadsom: Business secretary

Amber Rudd: Work and pensions secretary (retains post)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Leader of the Commons

 

Following his appointment, Mr Rees-Mogg, who led the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group (ERG), denied there had been a “Leave” takeover of the cabinet.

“Boris is bringing the country together, the party together, through his cabinet appointments,” he said.

Mr Johnson’s new cabinet saw 17 of Mrs May’s former senior ministers being axed or stepping down.

Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had been offered an alternative role but had turned it down, while leading Brexiteers Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox were also replaced as defence secretary and international trade secretary respectively.

The team surrounding Boris Johnson has been put together with one goal in mind – to help him keep the promise he’s made, to see the country leave the European Union in good time.

Number 10 believes it shows strength of purpose – a new administration determined and willing to take decisions after years of drift and disappointment.

Brexit believers have the top roles. But it is not a cabinet made up purely of the most burning Eurosceptics.

Mr Johnson used his first speech as prime minister to reiterate his determination to take the UK out of the EU by the 31 October “no ifs, no buts”.

The UK was originally supposed to leave the EU on 29 March but the deadline was moved to 31 October, after MPs rejected Mrs May’s withdrawal deal three times.

Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell said if Mr Johnson campaigned on the platform of a no-deal Brexit in any forthcoming general election, his own party would “almost certainly be Remain”.

 

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