Dominic Raab has been named to replace David Davis as the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Mr Davis resigned on Sunday night saying that it was “not tenable” for him to stay in post and try and persuade Tory MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit strategy when he did not think it was “workable”.
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Mrs May received Cabinet agreement on her policy on Friday, which involves aligning the UK rules and regulations as closely as possible to the EU and gives the UK little say on any changes. Mr Davis said he could not be the “public face” of a policy he did not support.
He was later joined by other key ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Mr Raab, whose previous position was housing minister, was a prominent Leave campaigner during the 2016 referendum.
Before entering the House of Commons in 2010, he was a prominent international lawyer before being swept into the office of then Shadow Home Secretary and now his predecessor, David Davis.
He rose within the ranks of the Conservative Party, to serve as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Human Rights) at the Ministry of Justice from 2015 to 2016 when Theresa May became Prime Minister.
His appointment has been widely welcomed, as he is seen within Westminster as a “class act”, someone with a clear and pragmatic mind and someone who may be able to ease tensions between both the Brexiteers and the Remainers.
As a former member of the European Research Group, Mr Raab believes the UK needs to regain its confidence in the Brexit negotiations:
“The economy has held up and proved far more resilient than some of the naysayers suggested. We should go into it with political ambition. So, yes, mitigate the risks but we should grasp the opportunities.”
The biggest test for Mr Raab will begin this evening, as both he and the Prime Minister will attempt to convince the Conservative Party back benchers to back the current proposals.
Mr Raab, who holds a black belt in karate, will be looked upon by leading Brexiteers to convince the Prime Minister to change her policy and go for a truer Brexit, aimed at allowing the UK to become independent from European laws.