Yesterday was full of drama as the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, was hit by more resignations including Boris Johnson, her Foreign Secretary. For a few hours, it looked like there would be a serious challenge to the Prime Minister’s leadership.
However, it became clear that the Prime Minister was not going to accept that without a fight and Theresa May methodically saw off the threat by first shoring up support within her Party’s 1922 Committee – which oversees internal matters for the Conservative Party in Parliament – and then by having a mini-Cabinet reshuffle. Dominic Raab is now Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, former long-serving Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as Foreign Secretary and taking his place at Health is Matthew Hancock, who was previously the Culture Secretary. To round out the reshuffle, the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC was appointed to fill the vacancy of Culture Secretary and Geoffrey Cox QC became Attorney General.
While the Prime Minister should be out of danger now, the uncertainty over Brexit and its terms remains. At the moment, parliamentary support for the proposals announced last Friday is weak and of course there is yet no actual agreement with the EU27.
Yesterday is a reminder that the whole political situation can change very quickly. One immediate impact is that the UK now has two new Ministers dealing with the EU and that is bound to have an impact on the dynamics between the parties.