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Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary

David Davis quit as the Brexit Secretary following a Cabinet summit at Chequers David Davis quit as the Brexit Secretary following a Cabinet summit at Chequers
Bennie Garza | 11 July, 2018, 03:19

On Monday evening, Johnson was replaced as foreign secretary by Jeremy Hunt, who in turn was replaced as health secretary by Matt Hancock, as the prime minister embarked on a reshuffle to shore up her position.

Aside from the loyalty which MPs naturally feel towards their leader, many are concerned that Mrs May's removal could plunge the party into chaos, with no obvious replacement lined up, potentially setting the scene for Jeremy Corbyn to seize power in a new general election. By staying in position, he can also argue that his presence in government is a demonstration of its credibility on Brexit to the party's nervous right wing; if he were to depart in the future, it would be a signal that May has finally lost the confidence of her MPs.

Britain's foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, announced his resignation shortly after.

David Davis and Steve Baker clearly realised that the promises they and their colleagues made about Brexit simply can not be delivered.

"On the one hand, it's true what Downing Street says", one European Union source told me. But leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said he did not think she would face a leadership challenge.

A two-year negotiating window closes in March 2019.

Environment Secretary Gove's reputation was left "in tatters" after running for the leadership against his supposed ally Boris Johnson in 2016, says The Guardian, and he has kept a relatively low profile in recent months.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London after attending the weekly cabinet meeting on July 10, 2018. They are ones that want to see a "hard Brexit"-Britain crashing out of the EU's single market so long as it can control its borders".

"That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

And more importantly, where does it leave the Brexit negotiations?

The outgoing Brexit secretary said the government had gone further than it should have in the negotiations, in a "dangerous strategy".

"It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them".

But EU countries benefit more from keeping their club - the single market and customs union - intact, than they would do by compromising everything just for the sake of better bilateral relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit.

"May is fighting for her survival", Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a research note.

Some Conservative Party lawmakers warned they would not tolerate a betrayal of Brexit. But should they ultimately do so, the prime minister also looked to have enough support.

Mrs May surprised many by appointing him to the Foreign Office, a position he has frequently used to forge a distinctive position on Brexit, including by setting out his own "red lines" just days before the PM's crucial speech to the Conservative conference past year.

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