UK in political meltdown after Brexit vote

The British are not keeping calm and carrying on. [frankieleon/flickr]

The British vote to leave the European Union has sparked a political crisis in the United Kingdom. These were the latest twists and turns.


James Crisp 30/06/201611:28

Matthew Tempest sets the scene.

James Crisp 30/06/201611:31

It’s already a big day in Westminster. Michael Gove has stabbed his fellow Leave campaigner Boris Johnson – and bookmaker’s favourite to succeed David Cameron – in the front. Gove will stand against Boris to become leader of the Conservatives and prime minister. One MP told a reporter, “He has stabbed him in the front right up to the f***ing hilt.”

As things stand it is a three-way fight between Boris, Gove and Theresa May, who backed Remain.

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This would be huge.

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AFP reports:

Brexit campaigner Michael Gove announced a surprise bid Thursday to become Britain’s next prime minister, in a blow for his close ally Boris Johnson’s chances, as turmoil gripped both the country’s main political parties after the shock vote to leave the EU.

The race for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party kicked off as impatient EU leaders were pressuring Britain to speed up its withdrawal from the bloc.

Justice minister Gove, who campaigned alongside Johnson in Britain’s momentous vote last week to leave the EU, said the former London mayor “cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead”.

The announcement could boost the chances of Home Secretary Theresa May, a low-key supporter of remaining in the European Union who also announced her candidacy Thursday.

“Following last week’s referendum, our country needs strong, proven leadership to steer us through this period of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best possible terms as we leave the European Union,” she wrote in The Times newspaper.

Cameron announced his resignation within hours of last Thursday’s vote and said it should be up to his successor to launch exit negotiations with the EU.

A new leader is set to be voted in by Conservative Party members by 9 September at the latest but European leaders have pressed for a quicker timetable, warning against a prolonged period of uncertainty over Britain’s EU future.

Conservative members, who will eventually decide the winner, favour May by a margin of 37% to 27%, according to a YouGov poll published Thursday.

Challengers have until 1100 GMT to declare. Work and pensions minister Stephen Crabb and right-wing former defence minister Liam Fox.

James Crisp 30/06/201611:57

AFP on the situation with Labour.

Britain’s main opposition Labour party has also been thrown into turmoil by the vote, as lawmakers moved in its aftermath to oust left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn in a slow-motion revolt.

Senior lawmaker Angela Eagle is expected to announce Thursday a leadership challenge to Corbyn, who has refused to resign despite losing a confidence vote by MPs.

Corbyn, 67, has been criticised for making a lacklustre bid for Britain to remain in the EU, and even insinuations from former allies that he harboured eurosceptic feelings himself.

At a rally at a London university on Wednesday, a heckler called out “What about Europe, Jeremy? Where were you when we needed you?” before being drowned out by booing.

Though Labour lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence against him by 172 to 40, Corbyn insists he still has the support of the party membership and will fight any leadership challenge he sees as a plot by the more right-wing elements of his party.

“The mandate was given by hundreds of thousands of ordinary people… I’m very proud to be carrying on with that work,” Corbyn told the cheering young activists who form his support base.

The ructions in both parties were splashed across Thursday’s front pages.

“Now it’s civil war” declared the Daily Mirror, a historically Labour-supporting newspaper, with a photograph of Corbyn.

“Boris: I want to be your PM,” said the eurosceptic Daily Express, while The Times said “May: I will reunite Britain”.

James Crisp 30/06/201613:04

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James Crisp 30/06/201613:09

The bookmaker’s favourite to succeed David Cameron, Boris Johnson, has announced he won’t stand for leadership of the Conservatives. Considering his support for Leave was widely seen as a gambit to take control of the Tories, this is big. His bowing out was precipitated by fellow Leave leading light Michael Gove’s announcement he would stand against Boris.

James Crisp 30/06/201613:10

Meanwhile, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn – dogged by accusations of anti-semitism in his party – has fudged this golden opportunity to put the boot into the Tories. He has just compared Israel to ISIS.

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Matthew Tempest 30/06/201614:58

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson on Boris Johnson today – ouch!

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:20

Andrea Leadsom

A former banker and fund manager, Leadsom was one of the leaders of the “Leave” campaign.

The 53-year-old was first elected to parliament in 2010 and served in the finance ministry.She was made a junior minister in the energy and climate change department in May 2015.

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:21

Liam Fox

The right-wing, anti-EU Fox is a former defence minister who resigned in 2011 amid questions about his links to a lobbyist friend.

Fox, a 54-year-old former family doctor, stood unsuccessfully against Cameron in the last Conservative leadership election in 2005 and is seen as having only an outside chance this time.

He does, though, have strong support among some sections of the Conservative party membership.

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:23

Stephen Crabb

The work and pensions minister is relatively low-key but his working class roots make him an attractive candidate to some in a party often perceived as elitist and distant from ordinary voters.

The Welshman backed EU membership and is running on a dual ticket with business minister Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, who would likely be named chancellor if Crabb won.

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:24

Michael Gove

The justice minister revealed himself to be an effective campaigner for the Leave camp in the referendum although he is seen as lacking a popular touch with grassroots supporters.

He announced his surprise decision to run with an attack on Johnson, saying the colourful politician “cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead”.

His decision to oppose Cameron in the EU vote was hugely personal, as the two have been friends and political allies for years and Gove was the godfather to the prime minister’s late son Ivan.

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:24

Theresa May

May is seen as an effective, hard-working operator who has been Cameron’s home secretary for six years.

While the 59-year-old backed the Remain campaign in the referendum, she is not seen as a passionate supporter of the EU.

She takes over as likely frontrunner after former London mayor and Leave campaign figurehead Boris Johnson dropped out of the race before he even formally entered it.

She said she would steer Britain through “political and economic uncertainty” and ruled out an early general election before 2020 or a second referendum.

May also said she would not invoke Article 50 — the procedure for leaving the EU — this year, despite pressure from EU leaders for Britain to hurry up.

Samuel Morgan 30/06/201615:26

Who will be David Cameron’s successor?

The candidates for Cameron’s position as Tory party leader have come flooded in, but who are the people set to vie for his job? Here’s a handy breakdown of the main players for anyone unfamiliar with British politics.

James Crisp 30/06/201616:37

Matthew Tempest 30/06/201618:13

Former UK Europe minister, Denis MacShane, on Boris bottling it after Brexit

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Matthew Tempest 30/06/201618:49

AFP on Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, on Brexit outlook

Bank of England governor Mark Carney on Thursday suggested monetary easing may be required this summer, saying that the economic outlook had “deteriorated” after Britain voted to leave the EU.

“The economic outlook has deteriorated and some monetary policy easing will likely be required over the summer,” he said in a speech in central London.

Carney also said special liquidity loans for banks would be extended until September.

“Reflecting the possibility that heightened uncertainty may last a while longer, today the Bank of England is announcing that it will continue to offer Long-Term Repo operations on a weekly basis until end-September 2016,” he said.

“This will provide additional flexibility in the Bank’s provision of liquidity insurance over the coming months,” he added.

“One uncomfortable truth is that there are limits to what the Bank of England can do,” he said.

“Monetary policy cannot immediately or fully offset the economic implications of a large, negative shock,” he said.

In reaction to the remarks, the British pound fell to a two-year low against the euro, reaching 83.8 pence per euro at 1515 GMT, while the London stock market rose.

In his speech, he also warned that as a result of the current uncertainty “UK households could defer consumption and firms delay investment, lowering labour demand and causing unemployment to rise”.

“Through financial market and confidence channels, there are also risks of adverse spillovers to the global economy,” he added.

Samuel Morgan 01/07/201612:14

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Some interesting insights into what the Remain campaign could have looked like.

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Michael Gove has committed himself to ending free movement of people into the UK, if he were to be elected Tory leader, while Jean-Claude Juncker has made the following statement on the issue.

“I have had so many discussions before and after the referendum to know there was one major issue, that was the freedom of movement of workers and we will not change that. It is a basic freedom of the EU. If you want access to internal market you have to accept all the consequence of the freedom of movement of workers…we will not change that. There are nation state and people who give major importance to this.”

Samuel White 01/07/201615:43

Boris Johnson was heckled as he walked down the street in London today

Samuel White 01/07/201615:43

Boris Johnson was heckled as he walked down the street in London today.

Samuel White 01/07/201615:45

A group of protestors set fire to a pair of pants outside Boris Johnson’s house on Friday morning (1 July), chanting “liar, liar, pants on fire”.

In a joint statement, the protestors said, “We are here today to protest against the politicians and media millionaires who, for their own political and economic gain, have lied to the public. Their lies have divided the country, caused economic chaos, engendered a political and constitutional crisis, encouraged xenophobia and unleashed a wave of racism and hate crime on Britain’s streets.

“We understand democracy and believe in its principles. We view the referendum result as a perversion of those principles.”

The group also hung pairs of pants printed with the faces of Rupert Murdoch, David Cameron, Donald Trump, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage on the railings outside Johnson’s house.

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Samuel Morgan 04/07/201611:19


Nigel Farage will step down as UKIP leader. Farage said that he had campaigned for Brexit “to get his country back” and now he “wants his life back”. He also added that there would be no repeat of 2015, when he resigned after failing to be elected in the general election, only to reverse his decision shortly after.

Samuel Morgan 04/07/201611:23

UKIP’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, had a very eloquent reaction to his leader’s resignation…

Samuel Morgan 04/07/201611:27

Samuel Morgan 04/07/201612:02

EURACTIV’s James Crisp asked Farage last week about the future of UKIP after the vote, the reply was “who cares?” Are we claiming credit for Nigel’s realisation that his time as leader was over? We’ll let you decide.

Samuel White 04/07/201615:43

As an EU member, the UK does not have its own team of trade negotiators. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the civil service would likely have to recruit non-British experts to carry out Brexit negotiations on the UK’s behalf.

Samuel White 04/07/201615:43

As an EU member, the UK does not have its own team of trade negotiators. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the civil service would likely have to recruit non-British experts to carry out Brexit negotiations on the UK’s behalf.

Samuel Morgan 04/07/201617:15

Douglas Carswell has said that he will not contest the leadership of UKIP following Nigel Farage’s resignation and has also moved to quash rumours that he was considering rejoining the Tories: “I’m not really a Conservative”.

Samuel White 04/07/201617:20

AFP Reports

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday (4 July) he was sure Britain’s new government would remain committed to the alliance despite the Brexit vote and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Brexit will change the relationship between the UK and the EU but it will not change the UK’s position inside NATO,” Stoltenberg told a press briefing ahead of an alliance summit in Warsaw this week.

“David Cameron and the UK government have clearly stated that they will continue as a committed ally. I am certain that a new government in the UK will continue that line,” he added.

“This is important because the UK is a major provider of security in Europe and provider of security for the NATO alliance.”

Britain as a nuclear power with a permanent, veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council has a major say in NATO and in EU foreign and defence policy and there has been intense speculation Brexit could undercut Britain’s standing.

“If anything, it just strengthens the need for enhanced NATO-EU cooperation,” Stoltenberg said.

“The European Union is important to stability in Europe… NATO and the EU are essential and unique partners and we have to work even closer together.”

NATO counts 22 of the 28 EU nations as member states and many of them look first to the US-led alliance for security rather than to the EU.

Samuel Morgan 04/07/201618:19

London and Frankfurt press on with stock exchange merger

Today, London Stock Exchange Group shareholders voted overwhelmingly (99.89%) for a merger with Deutsche Börse, operator of the Frankfurt exchange, despite concerns it could be scuppered by the UK’s Brexit vote.

Ahead of Monday’s outcome, Deutsche Börse and LSEG, which also operate the Milan stock exchange, said they would press ahead with the merger.

Shareholders of Deutsche Börse have until 12 July to decide whether to back the merger, while the two plan to seal the deal before the end of the month, creating one of the world’s biggest stock exchanges.

Last week, the German financial sector watchdog, BaFin, said it is opposed to the merged company being based in Britain in the wake of the referendum result. However it does not have a formal say in the matter.

Under the agreed terms, Deutsche Börse shareholders will end up with 54.4% of the new holding company’s capital, and LSE shareholders with 45.6%.

(AFP reporting)

Samuel Morgan 05/07/201610:11

The UK government has refused to clarify the situation of EU citizens residing in Britain, leading to criticism from numerous MPs. James Brokenshire, the junior home office minister, said that no guarantees on the status of EU citizens could be made until the EU made the same about British citizens residing in the EU, some 1.2 million people. Again, this is something that will not be discussed by Brussels until Article 50 is activated by Westminster. It is set to be one of the main issues that could decide the Tory leadership contest.

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Matthew Tempest 05/07/201614:40

Some tough words from Donald Tusk in the European Parliament today – note especially the use of ‘even today’ (my italics)…

First of all I would like to thank you for your contributions to today’s debate. It is fully understandable that events of the past days have produced a lot of negative emotions. But we cannot give in to these emotions. We have to preserve the ability to make sober assessments and rational decisions.

First, I would like to stress that the EU is ready to proceed with an amicable divorce with the UK even today. In this process we will stand firmly on the grounds of the Treaties, which have prepared us for such a situation. And one thing must be clear: the Treaties have left the decision on the initiation of the divorce proceedings to the member state that wishes to leave the EU. In other words we cannot effectively force this decision on the UK.

Secondly, before launching the divorce procedures, we will not undertake any negotiations on the future shape of relations between the EU and the UK. These future relations will be based on a balance of rights and obligations. I would like to reassure you that wherever there may be a conflict of interest, we will act in the interest of the EU, and we will do so effectively.

Thirdly, today we have heard a lot of severe and critical comments aimed at member states. I want to tell you that in our talks with the leaders of member states I always repeat that there is no EU without the EU institutions. In the current situation, attacks on the EU institutions, including the Commission and the Parliament, can only deepen the confusion. The national capitals must undertake an effort to stop accusing the EU and its institutions of weaknesses and failures. The referendum in the UK was lost, also because the political elites have for years been building a negative and often unfair vision of the EU. But there is no EU without the member states either. It is impossible to solve serious problems in the EU against the will of the member states. Taking responsibility for one’s own words applies also to representatives of EU institutions. Today we must combine all our efforts to agree on what is our common interest, as opposed to constantly demonstrating individual importance, in some kind of perpetual vanity fair.

Samuel White 05/07/201615:03

AFP reports

The Bank of England on Tuesday (5 July) relaxed commercial banks’ capital requirements to boost lending to businesses and households, and warned that financial stability risks “have begun to crystallise” after Brexit.

The Bank of England (BoE) announced it has cut its so-called capital buffer rate from 0.5% to zero, where it will stay until at least June 2017.

The move will boost lending by up to £150 billion (€179 billion) and reduce banks’ regulatory capital buffers by £5.7 billion, the BoE announced.

BoE governor Mark Carney pledged it would do whatever is needed to aid monetary and fiscal stability in the wake of the 23 June referendum that saw Britain vote to exit the EU.

“The bank can be expected to take whatever action is needed to promote monetary and financial stability, and as a consequence, support the real economy,” Carney told reporters in central London.

Major risks outlined on Tuesday by the BoE’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) included fragile financial markets, subdued global economic growth, high household debt, and the “stretched” commercial real estate market, and Britain’s “large” current account deficit.

“There is evidence that some risks have begun to crystallise,” the FPC said in an update after Britain last month voted to exit the European Union.

“The current outlook for UK financial stability is challenging,” it added in a bi-annual report.

“It will take time for the United Kingdom to establish new relationships with the European Union and the rest of the word,” the BoE said. “Some market and economic volatility is to be expected as this process unfolds.”

The BoE added that British commercial banks had raised more than £130 billion of capital over the last eight years following the global financial crisis.

“The FPC is supporting the real economy by ensuring that banks can use the substantial capital and liquidity buffers they have in place,” Carney added on Tuesday.

The report was published after Carney last week indicated that the BoE could cut its key interest rate to a new record-low level under 0.5% as early as this month, while it may decide also to pump out more cash stimulus as a result of Brexit.

Prospect of economic slowdown

During the referendum campaign, Carney repeatedly argued that Brexit would have a negative impact on the nation’s economy and spark a possible recession.

“There is the prospect of a material slowing in the economy,” he added on Tuesday.

But the BoE chief stopped short of repeating the threat of a possible recession, defined as two technical quarters of economic contraction.

Global markets had dived in the immediate aftermath of the surprise 23 June referendum vote.

In the wake of the markets chaos, the BoE vowed to pump at least £250 billion into money markets if needed to prevent a credit crunch amid heightened uncertainty.

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Jean-Claude Juncker today blamed the behaviour of British politicians over decades for Brexit, telling MEPs in Strasbourg, “I refuse to allow the Commission to be blamed for the outcome for the British referendum. We will not bear that responsibility.”

Juncker’s best quotes:

“The British people voted for a number of reasons. Schengen for example might have been a reason that shaped the vote there but it is irrelevant to Britain and should not have been a factor in their decision making. They should not have been taking a decision on any defence union, nor on the European army because there is no army and there is no initiative of that sort. We must stop interpreting the vote which took place in Britain as a vote which should shape policy in Europe.”

“Europe is a union that is more than the euro and social policy. Many people in Britain voted for Brexit yes. For 40 years politicians of each and every party and governments of every colour have not had the courage of their convictions in terms of Europe. They have not broadcast the message that Europe was part of the heart of the people of that country and this is largely where the problem lay.”

“I have been reading many newspapers, not only British newspapers, I have been reading all sorts of further fabrications. I’ve been reading things the Commission President is intending to do. I have been reading for example that he is going to introduce the euro in every member state of the European Union. Thank you for recommending my policy.”

“I am reading too that I have said to the Scots that they should declare independence from the United Kingdom. I have not done this. I have apparently said that British people know how they resolve internal British problems and I did no such thing. And I don’t just read British press. I am told that Juncker wants to get rid of national states – nonsense. No such thing. I have never said such a thing. I may have pleaded the cause of a united Europe but I have never said I wanted a United States of Europe.”

“I am not talking about huge institutional reforms. I am against reforms of the treaty at this point because I think this will serve to widen gulfs we have got to contend with.”

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Samuel Morgan 06/07/201611:12

Back in May, the man tipped to succeed Jonathan Hill as the UK’s Commissioner spoke to

Samuel Morgan 06/07/201611:15

In the first round of the Tory leadership election, Dr Liam Fox was the first to be eliminated. Shortly after, Welshman Stephen Crabb also dropped out. This leaves just Theresa May, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom left to contest the next ballot, with May the overwhelming favourite to become the next prime minister.

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As the UK lurches from one political crisis to another it seems, one from the not-so-distant past is about to come to a head today, as the long-anticipated Chilcot report on the Iraq War is published. For those interested, the report will be published at approx. 12:35 CET.

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The next round of the Tory leadership contest is upon us, but as it seems very likely that Theresa May will come out on top, there have been calls for the process to be moved along quicker than normal.

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Samuel Morgan 11/07/201614:50

As Andrea Leadsom announces her withdrawal from the Tory leadership contest, handing the reigns to Theresa May, the soon-to-be prime minister has outline her approach to Brexit.

Samuel Morgan 11/07/201615:36

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will decide by the end of July what role he will give to Britain’s new Commissioner, most likely Sir Julian King, said the executive’s spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas today (11 July).

“On the basis of this meeting and his biography the president is now reflecting on possible portfolios and he will announce his decision by the end of this month,” Schinas told the daily briefing.

On whether the Commissioner would be left without a specific portfolio, Schinas replied: “Yes I am tempted to exclude this possibility”.

Numerous possible portfolios have been bandied about since Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of the leave vote, from the environment to financial services and even multilingualism.

Samuel Morgan 11/07/201616:13

A positive take on Brexit, from a man that used to work in the heart of the EU.

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EURACTIV’s partner @tagesspiegel with an interview with the president of Germany’s family-owned businesses association.

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Samuel White 13/07/201614:31

AFP reports

In his last address to parliament as prime minister on Wednesday (13 July), David Cameron said post-Brexit Britain should “try and be as close to the EU as we can be”.

Taking questions in the House of Commons, Cameron said his advice to Theresa May, who is set to succeed him later in the day, would be that British trade, cooperation and security would be best served by a close relationship with Europe.

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Boris Johnson, “Leave” campaign figurehead in Britain’s EU referendum, was appointed foreign secretary in new Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. In a surprise announcement Johnson, who had been seemingly cast into the political wilderness after the June 23 referendum, was handed a task that will inevitably be dominated by handling Britain’s departure from the European Union following last month’s vote to leave.

It is the first role in government for Johnson, who was London’s mayor from 2008 to 2016, a spell which included overseeing the 2012 Olympic Games.

Johnson was the second appointment in May’s new government after she shifted Philip Hammond from the Foreign Office brief to become Britain’s new finance minister.

“The queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Boris Johnson MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,” Downing Street said in a statement.

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May made fun of Johnson’s negotiations with Germany, when she launched her leadership. “I seem to remember the last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with three nearly new water cannons,” she said.

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During the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson compared the EU to one of Adolf Hitler’s projects.

May made fun of Johnson’s negotiations with Germany, when she launched her leadership. “I seem to remember the last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with three nearly new water cannons,” she said.

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During the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson compared the EU to one of Adolf Hitler’s projects.

May made fun of Johnson, when she launched her leadership. “I seem to remember the last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with three nearly new water cannons,” she said.

James Crisp 13/07/201621:53

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Here’s a tweet from the new Brexit secretary back on 14 June.

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Just to recap the reshuffle latest.

– Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister): Philip Hammond

– Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson

– Home Secretary (interior minister): Amber Rudd

– Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union: David Davis

– Defence Secretary: Michael Fallon

– Secretary of State for International Trade: Liam Fox

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Theresa May has appointed an alleged tax dodger as finance minister. She has chosen a man who has publicly attacked Juncker as Brexit boss. She made a disgraced defence secretary the trade supremo and she appointed Boris Johnson foreign secretary.

James Crisp 13/07/201622:46

Theresa May has appointed an alleged tax dodger as finance minister.

She has appointed a man who has publicly attacked Juncker as Brexit boss.

Made a disgraced defence secretary the trade supremo.

Appointed Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.

James Crisp 13/07/201622:54

New Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon voted Remain. Theresa May also backed Remain, as did new Chancellor Phillip Hammond. Davis, Johnson and Fox are Brexiteers. So, not counting the PM, it’s three posts each in the new cabinet so far.