Boris Johnson has signalled his ruthless determination to deliver Brexit and stoked speculation about an early election by sacking more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet and packing his team with Vote Leave veterans and rightwing free marketeers.
Despite Johnson’s repeated insistence that he is a one-nation Conservative, he handed the job of home secretary to Priti Patel, who advocated the return of capital punishment as recently as 2011, and the Treasury to Sajid Javid, a fan of Margaret Thatcher.
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Dominic Raab, who made headlines during his own leadership campaign when he said he wouldn’t call himself a feminist, is the new foreign secretary, and will be Johnson’s stand-in at prime minister’s questions.
Leading Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has been appointed Lord President of the council and leader of the House of Commons, and will attend cabinet.
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Johnson’s rival for the leadership, Jeremy Hunt, and his supporters fell victim to a merciless purge. Hunt himself turned down a demotion to defence secretary and instead chose to return to the back benches.
The new prime minister had already sparked consternation among some colleagues by announcing that Dominic Cummings, the controversial director of the Vote Leave campaign, would be a senior adviser in his Downing Street team.
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Cummings is a seasoned campaigner, and his arrival at Johnson’s side increased expectations among MPs that a general election will be triggered within months.
As Johnson prepared to enter No 10 for the first time after being driven to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen had confirmed his appointment, Johnson promised to defy “the doubters, the doomsters and the gloomsters”.
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He insisted he would strike a “new deal” with the EU27, without the “anti-democratic backstop” and complete Brexit before the Halloween deadline. “The buck stops here”, he said.
“We are going to fulfil the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the...
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