Who is Dominic Raab and will he replace Theresa May as the next UK Prime Minister?

FORMER Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is one of the front runners to take over as the country’s next Prime Minister.

Raab is seen as a staunch Brexiteer who resigned from his post over Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement proposal.

Dominic Raab with his wife Erika at their home in Surrey
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Who is Dominic Raab?

Raab is the son of a Czech-born Jewish father who came to Britain in 1938 to escape Nazi Germany.

Due to his mother he was raised in the Church of England.

The 45-year-old studied law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and won the Clive Parry Prize for international law.

He then did a master’s degree at Jesus College, Cambridge.

He started his working life at Linklaters in London and qualified as a solicitor in 2000.

He then joined the Foreign Office where he advised on a number of areas including the Arab-Israeli conflict, the EU and Gibraltar.

Between 2006 and 2010 he worked in Parliament as Chief of Staff to David Davis and Dominic Grieve.

Raab was elected to Parliament in the 2010 election where he represented Esher and Walton, a safe Conservative seat in Surrey.

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After Davis resigned as the Brexit Secretary on July 9, 2018, Raab took up the post although he didn’t last long in the job and resigned on November 15, 2018, disagreeing with the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.

He has since described May’s proposed deal as worse than remaining in the EU although he voted in favour of it on the third vote on it on March 29, 2019.

He also believes the UK should not pay the divorce bill, amounting to £39billion in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Will he replace Theresa May as the next UK Prime Minister?

Raab is seen as one of the frontrunners to replace Theresa May after she announced in a speech on May 24 her intention to step down as Prime Minister on June 7.

While Boris Johnson is seen as the favourite by the bookies, with Paddy Power giving him odds of 6/4, Raab is not far behind on 6/1.

He’s already said if he were elected then he would shave a penny off income tax to help working Brits, and would fight for tougher employment rights for mums.

He’s said a No Deal wouldn’t be the end of the world for Britain either.

And he’s got the backing of his predecessor in the job too, David Davis.


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