The new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his government team. Johnson reshuffled most of the ministry offices and filled key posts with Brexit hardliners, including designate Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Secretary of State-nominated Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. Johnson reiterated that he would wind up leaving the EU “without any ifs and buts” by 31 October. In London, thousands of people protested in the evening against the new head of government.
Raab is to follow according to the government on the previously dismissed Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt. He said he had knocked out another offered by Johnson.
The former Interior Minister Sajid Javid appointed as Finance Minister. Hammond just before Johnson took over as PM had declared his resignation and justified this with his determination to Britain until 31 October, if necessary without Brexit agreement from the EU respectively. In addition to Hammond, Justice Minister David Gauke and Development Minister Rory Stewart also resigned their posts.
It was already known in advance that Johnson appointed the Brexit campaign strategist Dominic Cummings as a senior advisor to his team. Moreover, the British PM Boris Johnson has rewarded Jacob Rees-Mogg as “Leader of the House” and thus something like leader of the Tories in the House of Commons will be the chairman of the EU-critical “European Research Group”.
Johnson appointed his companion Michael Gove as leader of the Brexit campaign. Surprisingly, former Minister of Defense Gavin Williamson takes over the education department. Williamson was fired by Theresa May in May, who blamed him for an information leak that exposed a possible involvement of the Chinese technology giant Huawei in 5G grid expansion in the UK. Boris Johnson has given the portfolio of Energy to his brother Jo Johnson.
Just minutes after being appointed by Queen Elisabeth II, 55-year-old Johnson reiterated his tough line on the issue of leaving the EU. He expressed optimism in his 12-minute talk at Downing Street 10 that he could reach a better agreement with the EU than his predecessor May.
Johnson is the 14th head of government, which came under Elizabeth II in office. “The Britons are tired of waiting,” said the new head of government with a view to the planned EU exit. The vote for the United Kingdom and European Union membership referendum was a “fundamental decision” of the Britain that “their laws are decided by people who have been elected by them and can throw them out of office.”
Theresa May, who had failed to bring the EU-negotiated Brexit agreement through parliament in London, received cheers from the Conservative MPs who quarreled over the Brexit issue on their last appearance in parliament.
The EU Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the Boris Johnson on his appointment. He expects a meeting with him to talk about “cooperation” in detail, Tusk said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wished Johnson a “happy hand” in the administration. The relationship between Germany and Britain was characterized by “deep friendship and close partnership,” she wrote to the new prime minister. “We are united by personal ties between people, economic relationships between companies, our shared commitment to a rule-based international order as well as our common European heritage.”
Thousands of people protested in the evening against the new prime minister in London. They moved to Johnson’s office on 10 Downing Street, which had to be temporarily closed. On Thursday, the new head of government expect more protests. The opposition Labor Party called for the evening to a demonstration for new elections. According to a survey published by the YouGov institute, Johnson’s approval rate in the population is only 31 percent.