Dominic Raab replaces David Davis as Brexit secretary

Image copyright AP Image caption Dominic Raab is a former chief of staff to Mr Davis

Dominic Raab has been appointed Brexit secretary by Theresa May after David Davis resigned from the government. Mr Raab, who is currently housing minister, was a prominent Leave campaigner during the 2016 referendum. Mr Davis quit late on Sunday night, saying Theresa May had “given away too much too easily”. The 44-year old Mr Raab, a lawyer before becoming an MP in 2010, will now take over day-to-day negotiations with the EU’s Michel Barnier. The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU afterwards. There have been differences within the Conservative Party over how far the UK should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people What sticks out the most from my interview with David Davis this morning is a very simple question we asked. Is the prime minister’s plan really leaving the EU? “I don’t think so,” he said. That is the sentiment that’s widely shared among the Tory party, and perhaps among many voters too. And guess what? It doesn’t always matter which side of the referendum they were on either. Some former Remainers say “look, this is a dodgy compromise, what’s the point? If we are going to do this, then for goodness sake let’s do it properly or just stay in”. Mrs May’s Conservative Party only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote – and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her positio. “The deep division at the heart of the Conservative Party has broken out in public and plunged this government into crisis,” said shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer. “It is now clearer than ever that Theresa May does not have the authority to negotiate for Britain or deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy.”