In a statement, Theresa May, hte British Prime Minister, has confirmed that Dominic Raab, the new Brexit secretary, will not be in charge of the negotiations in Brussels. She said that she will be taking the lead from now on.
The written statement of the Prime Minister was issued just a couple of hours before summer recess started. Under the vague headline saying “a machinery of government change,” she said that Raab and his Department for Exiting the European Union would still be put in charge of the preparations on the domestic side “in both a deal and no deal scenario.”
May stated: “To support this, DexEU will recruit some new staff, and a number of Cabinet Office officials coordinating work on preparedness will move to DexEU while maintaining close ties with both departments.”
Raab, took the place of David Davis, following his resignation that took place earlier this month over the white paper of the government. Davis resigned as a protest at the proposals of the Prime Minister for post-Brexit trade. The Prime Minister says that Raab will longer be her man in Brussels.
May stated: “I will lead the negotiations with the European Union, with the [Raab] deputising on my behalf.”
The Prime Minister added: “Both of us will be supported by the Cabinet Office Europe Unit and with this in mind the Europe Unit will have overall responsibility for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations, drawing upon support from DExEU and other departments as required. A number of staff will transfer from DExEU to the Cabinet Office to deliver that.”
May said that there will be no net reduction in the numbers of employees at DexEU as a result of her decision.
Jenny Chapman, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, stated: “Dominic Raab has been sidelined by the prime minister before he has even had the chance to get his feet under the table.”