Dominic Raab has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, replacing David Davis after his resignation.
By appointing Raab, a fervent Brexiteer long before the referendum was called, to advocate her Brexit plan, Theresa May has blunted accusations that she is positioning for a ‘semi-Brexit’ which ties the UK too closely to the EU.
Before his election to represent the constituency of Esher and Walton in 2010, Raab worked as a solicitor at Linklaters. He went on to work for a principal Palestinian negotiator of the Oslo Peace accords, an experience which Raab, who himself has Jewish heritage, will hopefully draw upon in his new role.
After a period at the Foreign Office, Raab went on to work as Chief of Staff for both David Davis MP and Dominic Grieve MP, until he was selected to stand for a seat of his own. He then went on to serve as Minister of State for Courts and Justice from June 2017 to January 2018, before being given the role of Minister of State for Housing and Planning, which he held until his most recent appointment.