New role for Daventry MP after resignations from Brexit department

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister, resigned along with Davis.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland said: "She talked about Corbyn, she talked about the alternative which is delivering the country to the sort of government that I don't think people have voted for and certainly any Conservative voter would be repelled by".

"I like Boris Johnson". He also warned that Britain was "headed for the status of a colony" within the bloc.

"I have always liked him", he said, adding he had not spoken with Prime Minister May since Johnson quit.

It comes as the Tory government tries to get a handle of infighting over how best to deal with Brexit.

10 Downing Street confirmed Hunt's appointment on Twitter, after he was seen visiting the Prime Minister's official residence earlier in the evening. In her statement to members of Parliament, May acknowledged the splits in her government and the departures of her ministers.

May acted quickly to replace the ministers.

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has already written to Mr Johnson and Mr Davis to thank them and has also written to the new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

"Any attempt by the European Union to whittle away at the current proposal would see a significant number of MPs conceding that no deal is better than a bad deal".

"My concern is about the policy rather than the individual", he said.

Other MPs in the region backed Mrs May following the resignations of Brexit Secretary David Davis, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and MP Chris Green. "The latest Brexit betrayal must be reversed", he was quoted as saying by The Independent.

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Staunch Brexiteer Dominic Raab was named as Mr Davis's replacement as Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, and a new foreign secretary was expected to be in place by the end of the day.

He told Chris Lynch the United Kingdom might have to try negotiate an extension to the deadline with the EU.

Hunt said he would be standing "four square" behind the Prime Minister in her efforts to secure a Brexit deal.

"This is the Brexit that is in our national interest".

But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

She said the alternative to the party coming together could be a left-wing Labour administration. "Two secretaries of state have resigned and still we are no clearer as to what our future relationship with our nearest neighbors and biggest trading partners will be".

Johnson and Davis are two of the most prominent proponents of a so-called "hard Brexit", or a clean break with the EU.

Responding to the news, Royal Pharmaceutical Society English board chair Sandra Gidley told C+D she "wishes Matthew Hancock the best of luck in his new and challenging role".

The three resignations provided the backdrop to May giving a statement to MPs about her Brexit plan - agreed by her Cabinet at a crunch summit in the country retreat of Chequers on Friday.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a bloc of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs in Parliament, urged May to give up on the plan.

Other reports by GizPress

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