Leaked list shows a committee designed to deliver hard Brexit
The membership of Theresa May’s cabinet committee for Brexit has been revealed, and it couldn’t be much worse.
The list of names, leaked to Politico, includes every senior cabinet minister who backed Leave in the referendum campaign: Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, David Davis, Andrea Leadsom, Priti Patel and Chris Grayling.
While the other six members at least nominally supported Remain — some of whom, like Greg Clark, will be voices of moderation — this is a committee that will unquestionably push for a hard Brexit.
Despite the legal complexity of the negotiations, the Attorney General has not been given a seat. And although May has promised extensive consultation with the devolved nations, the secretaries of state for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will only attend ‘as required’ by the PM.
It’s a sign of the government’s extreme resistance to transparency that, until now, the public was not even told who would be determining the UK’s negotiating position.
The full list:
Theresa May, prime minister
Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer
Amber Rudd, home secretary
Boris Johnson, foreign secretary
David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the European Union
Liam Fox, secretary of state for international trade
Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy
Damian Green, secretary of state for work and pensions
Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport
Andrea Leadsom, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
Priti Patel, secretary of state for international development
Patrick McLoughlin, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster
David Mundell, secretary of state for Scotland (as required)
Alun Cairns, secretary of state for Wales (as required)
James Brokenshire, secretary of state for Northern Ireland (as required)Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.