Boris Johnson may have been appointed British Foreign Secretary, but has new Prime Minister Theresa May handed key parts of the job to David Davis as Brexit Secretary and Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary?
Being foreign secretary is one of the big jobs in British politics, but some of the central elements of foreign policy don’t appear to be in Boris’s portfolio.
Europe minister job at foreign office axed?
It’s interesting that former Europe minister David Lidington has now been appointed Leader of the Commons and as yet his job at the foreign office hasn’t been filled. The role is not listed, currently, on the foreign office’s website.
The ‘real’ Foreign Secretary – David Davis
With the appointment of former Europe minister David Davis as Brexit Secretary it perhaps make sense to no longer have a Europe minister. But if the Europe minister job is axed, it underlines that Boris doesn’t have the negotiation of exiting the European Union in his remit. It could be seen as a real actual sign of his wings being clipped by the new prime minister.
Mr Davis is Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – a job so new in fact that the official UK government website doesn’t even have a department. It’s the same for Liam Fox, who has got a new role as well.
Former Labour minister Tony McNulty has tweeted this:
Oh look, it’s the real Foreign Secretary – and they’ve also given him a clown to play with….. https://t.co/ZCpoWz1U0Q
— Tony McNulty (@Tony_McNulty) July 14, 2016
Boris out of the country
Mr Johnson will also doubtless be out of the UK rather a lot, so out of sight and perhaps mind for Tory activists. Mrs May may not have to worry about her erstwhile rival for the Tory leadership making popular appearances on the domestic stage.
His role as London mayor and jolly attitude could also yet be invaluable as foreign secretary.
Photo credit: Foreign Office / Twitter
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