The arch-Brexiteeer and chairman of European Research Group (ERG) has been appointed Leader of the House of Commons. Mr Rees-Mogg – a staunch opponent of Theresa May’s handling of Brexit from the backbench – will now be thrust onto the frontbench of Mr Johnson’s team. The ERG chairman was full of praise for Mr Johnson’s address to the nation and said his speech outside Number 10 this afternoon was “an inspirational declaration of purpose and independence”. Mr Rees-Mogg will now become instrumental in the Brexit process and will play a vital role in setting the Commons agenda – including laying out what MPs are going to vote on and when in Parliament.
Ahead of the October 31 deadline, Mr Johnson has so far refused to rule of proroguing parliament in order to railroad a no deal Brexit.
Mr Rees-Mogg said it is a “privilege” to be given a “very interesting job to do”.
Following his meeting in Number 10, Mr Rees-Mogg said Mr Johnson was “incredibly business-like and ready to crack on”.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg entering Downing Street for talks with Boris Johnson
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been appointed Leader of the House of Commons
Mr Rees-Mogg also played down the number of appointments by Mr Johnson, he added it is “not a Leave takeover cabinet by any means”.
The arch-eurosceptic stated he would make sure votes in parliament were conducted in “accordance with our constitutional laws”.
When asked about his fellow Tories on the backbench, who may attempt to stop Britain leaving the bloc without an agreement, he said: “There are some very fine people on the backbenches of the Conservative Party – their views have to be respected and listened to.”
In a dramatic evening of hiring and firing, the former Mayor of London has dismantled Theresa May’s Cabinet and replaced them with leading Brexiteers within the Tory party.
The overhaul of the Government has seen Mr Johnson recall fellow eurosceptics Priti Patel and Dominic Raab to the Cabinet.
Sajid Javid has been given the most senior role in Mr Johnson’s Government and appointed Chancellor.
Ms Patel, longterm ally to Mr Johnson has replaced Mr Javid as Home Secretary.
Whilst Mr Raab, a former Brexit Secretary has been appointed Foreign Secretary.
The hardline Brexiteer, who stood in the Tory leadership contest will also serve as First Secretary of State – effectively making him Mr Johnson’s deputy prime minister.
Priti Patel has been appointed Home Secretary
Dominic Raab has been appointed Foreign Secretary
Jeremy Hunt was ousted as Foreign Secretary, and left the Government after refusing to be demoted.
Several allies who backed Mr Hunt during the gruelling leadership campaign, including Penny Mordaunt and Dr Liam Fox, have been removed from the Cabinet.
Other ministers shown the exit include Damian Hinds, Greg Clark, David Mundell, Karen Bradley, James Brokenshire, Jeremy Wright and Mel Stride
Boris Johnson has dismantled Theresa May’s Government
The new Cabinet sees Michael Gove, Mr Johnson’s Vote Leave colleague who scuppered his last leadership bid, moved to become the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Mr Gove will now reportedly lead the planning for a no deal Brexit.
Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, who resigned as Leader of the House of Commons under Mrs May, has been appointed Business Secretary.
Liz Truss, who was reportedly a leading contender to become the first ever female Chancellor, will become Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Ben Wallace has been appointed Defence Secretary and Robert Jenrick is Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Boris Johnson has wasted no time in forming his new Government
Grant Shapps was appointed Transport Secretary, having helped organise Mr Johnson’s campaign.
Stephen Barclay, Matt Hancock and Amber Rudd were among the few survivors from Mrs May’s team.
Mr Barclay stays on as Brexit Secretary, Mr Hancock as Health Secretary and Ms Rudd as Work and Pensions Secretary
Meanwhile former chief whip Julian Smith has been appointed Northern Ireland Secretary, Alister Jack becomes Scottish Secretary and Alun Cairns will remain Welsh Secretary.
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park will remain Leader of the House of Lords.