Saturday 24 February 2018

Britain lurches to the right with May's pro-Brexit Cabinet

Now Kenny wants Brexit talks 'as soon as possible'

New British Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
New British Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

New British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a senior team of right-wing ministers who will aggressively pursue the exit from the EU.

The Cabinet appointments will dispel any suggestion of a second referendum on Brexit or delay in the leaving date.

Although Ms May struck a conciliatory tone on her appointment, reaching out to the working poor, she proceeded to appoint right-wingers and pro-Brexit MPs.

Prominent Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson was surprisingly appointed as Foreign Secretary.

And long-time Eurosceptic David Davis became the Minister for Brexit. The pair were immediately branded "May's team to battle Brussels" by the British anti-EU press.

New Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is regarded as a firm believer in economic stability and prudent public finances. During his time in Opposition, he was viewed as the Tories' public spending "axeman" and later presided over budget cuts in the Ministry of Defence.

Another firm right-wing figure, Liam Fox, became the Trade Minister.

Ms May followed up on her statement that "Brexit means Brexit" and she would implement the referendum result.

And Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants the Prime Minister to seek to take the UK out of the European Union "as soon as possible".

The Taoiseach spoke with Ms May following her appointment last night and discussed what he described as "the important challenges that arise from the recent vote by the UK to leave the European Union".

Mr Kenny previously pleaded with EU leaders to give Britain time to adjust to the Brexit vote, but he has hardened his stance.

Irish Independent

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