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Dominic Raab is UK's new Brexit secretary

Posted in 09 July 2018

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a Euroskeptic junior housing minister, Dominic Raab, as Britain's new Brexit Secretary. The 44-year old Raab was a prominent Leave campaigner ahead of the Brexit vote in 2016.

Britain's ex-housing minister Domic Raab was named new Brexit Secretary on Monday, as Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert control over her cabinet. The move comes after his predecessor David Davis resigned, criticizing May's policy in Brexit talks with the EU.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union," May's Downing Street office said in a statement and on Twitter.

Who is Raab and why is he taking over?

- May appointed Raab, a 44-year-old Euroskeptic, after previous Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned late on Sunday.

- Davis departed two days after May's allies said she managed to unite her Cabinet behind a joint Brexit strategy.

- The new Brexit secretary, Raab, was once mentored by Davis and later worked in the UN's Hague war crimes tribunal.

- Raab campaigned for "Leave" ahead of the 2016 vote on the UK leaving the EU.

- He has urged an aggressive approach in the EU talks.

- The Davis - Raab reshuffle comes just nine months before the UK is set to complete the separation process.

Why did Davis resign?

Davis, who has been appointed Brexit Secretary two years ago, criticized May in the media for being too compliant and giving "too much too easily" with her latest Brexit strategy.

The policies would leave Britain in "at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one," he said in his resignation letter.

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London (picture-alliance/empics/S. Rousseau/PA Wire)

WHO'S WHO IN BREXIT?

May became prime minister after David Cameron resigned from the post in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote in June 2016. Despite her position, she has struggled to define what kind of Brexit her government wants. Hardliners within her Conservative party want her to push for a clean break. Others want Britain to stay close to the bloc. The EU itself has rejected many of May's Brexit demands.