Tuesday, 24 July 2018 04:58

RAAB LOSES RESPONSIBILITIES JUST WEEKS INTO NEW JOB

BREXIT SECRETARY CONFIRMS FOOD STOCKPILING

Theresa May’s chaotic Brexit has continued with the new Brexit Secretary the latest to see his responsibilities changed – as the Prime Minister announced that she was going to be taking the lead on Brexit negotiations.

Just weeks after being appointed, Dominic Raab has had his responsibilities stripped back, with Theresa May making it clear that he will now be no more than a junior negotiator, with responsibility now falling with the Prime Minister, just months before the Brexit deadline and the threat of a No Deal Brexit becoming ever more real.

Meanwhile, the Brexit Secretary confirmed that the UK government is planning to recommend stockpiling food supplies in the event of a no-deal outcome in an appearance at the Exiting the EU Committee at Westminster.

Commenting, SNP MP Stephen Gethins said:

“Just days after his promotion, Dominic Raab has had his responsibilities stripped back and his department gutted of any meaningful power. It is ironic that the department which has been repeatedly accused of attempting a power grab has itself fallen victim to a power grab.

“Brexit continues to be an utter mess – completely against Scotland’s interests as the Tories drag us towards the cliff edge of a No Deal Brexit, despite our overwhelming vote to Remain. The consequences of that are serious damage to our economy, lost jobs and a fall in living standards. 

“And today, Dominic Raab has confirmed that food stockpiling plans are in place for a No Deal Brexit. It is utterly staggering that we find ourselves in this situation.

“It’s time for the Tories to focus less on their own turf war and put the country first – only a clear commitment to remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union to minimise the damage caused by Brexit.”


Machinery of Government changes: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-07-24/HCWS924/  

Speaking at Committee, Dominic Raab said: “Again, we will set this out in the technical notices. It would be wrong to describe it as the government doing the stockpiling, what we will make sure, and of course the idea that we only get food imports to this country from one continent is not appropriate, we will look at this issue in the round and make sure there’s adequate food supplies … Again, I’m not going to give more detail until I can set it out in a responsible and full fashion.” 

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