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New appointments after Brexit resignations

New appointments after Brexit resignations

Posted at 17:4217:42’Looking forward’ to Brexit workThe new parliamentary under secretary in the Brexit department tweets…Posted at 17:4017:40PM’s spokesman quizzed on Brexit secretary’s roleIain WatsonPolitical correspondentAt the lobby briefing the PM’s spokesman was asked specifically about Steve Barclay’s role.It was described as “continuing our preparations for deal and for no deal”, which was taken as…


  • ‘Looking forward’ to Brexit work

    The new parliamentary under secretary in the Brexit department tweets…

  • PM’s spokesman quizzed on Brexit secretary’s role

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    At the lobby briefing the PM’s spokesman was asked
    specifically about Steve Barclay’s role.

    It was described as “continuing our preparations for deal and for no deal”, which was taken as domestic preparations rather than
    international negotiations.

    On the negotiations, the spokesman emphasised there was work
    to do over the next 10 days on the political declaration rather than the
    withdrawal agreement, saying “the political declaration will be built on”.

    However, he said “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, so if the future framework isn’t satisfactory the withdrawal agreement would not be signed
    off.

    “‘It is subject to a future framework being delivered,” he said.

  • ‘Google, who is Stephen Barclay?’

    Searches on Googlefor Stephen Barclay have shot up since he was announced as the new Brexit secretary this afternoon.

    And many people on Twitter have been joking about not having much idea of who he is.

  • Rudd poses outside new work offices

    BBC political journalist tweets…

  • Labour shadow cabinet minister: Rudd ‘desperate choice by weak PM’

    Responding to Amber Rudd’s appointment as work and pensions secretary, Labour’s shadow minister for the Cabinet office Jon
    Trickett says: “After
    enforcing Theresa May’s hostile environment in the Home Office, Amber Rudd will
    now be in charge of the DWP’s hostile environment for disabled people and the
    poorest in society.

    “With
    Universal Credit in absolute shambles, appointing a disgraced former minister
    who was only recently forced to resign for her role in another scandal is a
    desperate choice by a weak prime minister.”

  • French economy minister hits out at Brexiteers

    Copyright: Reuters

    France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has launched a withering attack on pro-Brexit politicians, calling them irresponsible liars who had made false promises about a bright future for the UK.

    Mr Le Maire said the truth was that Brexit “would end in a nightmare”.

  • Former work and pensions secretary approves of Rudd’s appointment

    Conservative MP Damian Green tweets…

    Radio 4 PM

  • Farage: ‘Civil Service in charge of negotiations’

    Nigel Farage tweets…

  • Who is new junior Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng?

    Copyright: UK Parliament

    Kwasi Kwarteng also joins the government’s Brexit department as a parliamentary under secretary.

    The Conservative MP for Spelthorne was elected in 2010 and backed Leave in the EU referendum.

    Earlier this week, he tweeted that it was “excellent” the cabinet had supported the draft Brexit deal.

    He went to Eton on a full scholarship, holds a doctorate in British history from the University of Cambridge and has written several books.

    He also appeared on University Challenge in 1995 and called Jeremy Paxman “very scary”.

    And on his website, he says his political hero is Winston Churchill, his favourite actor is Robert De Niro and his best quality is a “decent sense of humour”.

  • Shadow Home Secretary: ‘Tories are in crisis’

    Labour MP Diane Abbott tweets…

  • How long would a new referendum take to organise?

    BBC News Channel

    Another EU referendum would take 24 weeks to organise, says the BBC’s Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming.

    “That’s the timetable that’s been calculated by boffins at UCL who looked into this.

    “That’s the time it would take to pass legislation in Parliament to lay the groundwork for the referendum to take place legally.

    “Then there’s a statutory period where the Electoral Commission would have to test the question with the public to make sure it was widely understood.

    “Then you’d have the period it takes to get the logistics ready, the polling stations and the cards.

    “And then you’d have the referendum campaign itself as well which I think would be a mandated 10-week period.

    “There’s a few theories about bits of that that could be truncated and maybe you could do it in a shorter time.

    “But, there’s one massive hurdle – the prime minister and government do not want to have one.”

  • Did Geoffrey Cox turn down Brexit Secretary role?

    Sky’s deputy political editor tweets…

  • Labour criticises Amber Rudd’s return

    Amber Rudd resigned as home secretary in April after controversy over the treatment of the Windrush generation.

    She came under fire for the government’s treatment of Commonwealth migrants and their relatives and the wider impact of its “hostile environment” policy designed to deter illegal immigration.

    Now, the official Twitter account of the Labour Party’s whips tweets…

  • ‘Calculation to have a Brexiteer in job’

    BBC political editor tweets…

  • Steve Barclay ‘close friend of May’s chief of staff’

    Politico chief correspondent…

  • Two key remainers back in ministerial posts

    BBC political editor tweets….

  • More appointments…

    Downing Street has announced that the Queen has also approved the following appointments:

    • Stephen Hammond MP to be a Minister of State in the
      Department of Health and Social Care.
    • John Penrose MP to be a Minister of State in the Northern
      Ireland Office.
    • Kwasi Kwarteng MP to be a Parliamentary Under Secretary
      of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
  • David Lammy: ‘Rudd made inexcusable errors over Windrush’

    Labour MP David Lammy tweets

  • Downing Street: ‘Barclay to continue preparations for deal or no deal’

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    New Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is a former health minister and Downing Street have said he will continue the preparations for a deal or no deal in his new role.

    The prime minister was taking part in a conference call with constituency chairmen at 4.30pm.

    When asked if Theresa May just wanted to get a confidence vote out of the way, her spokesman said “that’s not a sentiment I have heard”.

    Downing Street have described Amber Rudd, the new work and pensions secretary, as “an experienced secretary of state”.

    On the issue of Windrush, the crisis which she resigned over in April this year, Amber Rudd has apologised and said she hadn’t been properly supported in the role.

  • EU against renegotiation of deal

    BBC Europe Editor tweets…

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