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Theresa May appoints Dominic Raab as new Brexit minister

By Deepika

London, July 9: British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary on Monday.

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Raab was appointed to the role after former secretary David Davis resigned suddenly late last night.

The 44-year-old had campaigned for Brexit and previously was previously a minister for housing.

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of @DominicRaab MP as Secretary of State for @DExEUgov," the prime minister's office tweeted this morning.

Davis quit late Sunday, saying he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, commonly known as a "soft Brexit", after the departure takes place next year.

The junior Brexit minister Steve Baker also resigned, Downing Street confirmed today. The resignations dealt yet another blow to the beleaguered leader, just two days after she announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Davis today said that he believed Britain was "giving too much away, too easily" in the exit talks, saying that May's plan "would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome".

Davis departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. Some want to use his resignation as a springboard for a leadership challenge, but Davis said he did not want it to become a rallying cry for May's ouster.

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