Reshuffle: Theresa May set to appoint 'minister for no deal Brexit’ to Cabinet

Written by John Ashmore and Richard Johnstone on 8 January 2018 in News
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Government changes today will also include replacement for Damian Green as Cabinet Office minister

Theresa May is reportedly set to bring a government minister who previously proposed emergency legislation could be needed to “summarily fire” civil servants seen to be obstructing Brexit into Cabinet to prepare for a 'no deal' Brexit outcome.

The prime minister will shuffle her top team today, with a 'no deal' Brexit minister set to coordinate government policy in the eventuality that the UK leaves the bloc in 2019 without an exit agreement or terms for future status. In December, prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced that a deal had finally been struck to allow Brexit negotiations to progress on to talks about the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU.


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Among other moves, various outlets have said Justine Greening is set to be moved from her current job as education secretary.

Business secretary Greg Clark and Tory party chairman Patrick McLoughlin are also thought to be vulnerable as May looks to freshen up her frontbench. However, it is thought that chancellor Philip Hammond, foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and Brexit secretary David Davis will all remain in their posts.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is being tipped to replace Damian Green as Cabinet Office minister with the title first secretary of state, a position without any formal responsibilities but which is seen as being a de facto deputy prime minister.

If he does move, education minister Anne Milton – herself a former nurse – is widely touted as a possible successor at the Department of Health.

Reports suggest May will appoint more women to ministerial roles and promote MPs from ethnic minorities in a bid to show her party is more representative of modern Britain.

Nusrat Ghani, Seema Kennedy and Rishi Sunak are among the backbenchers tipped for a first government job.

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John Ashmore is news editor for Politics Home, where a version of this story first appearedRichard Johnstone is CSW's deputy and online editor and tweets as @CSW_DepEd

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