Michael Gove 'drafted into Theresa May’s Brexit war cabinet'

Posted On: 
5th November 2017

Michael Gove has reportedly been added to Theresa May’s top team of strategists planning Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Michael Gove is among three ministers added to Theresa May's Brexit team
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The Environment Secretary is joined by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox in a group of six ministers working on Britain’s approach to talks with Brussels.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who campaigned to keep Britain in the EU but now says he would back Brexit if the vote were repeated, has also joined the committee.

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The Times reports that Mr Gove, who was a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign, is recognised by the Prime Minister as a “key power broker” and “imaginative problem-solver”.

“The PM wanted to get Michael on the committee,” a senior government source told the paper.

“He’s full of ideas and you need buy-in from Michael, anyway, so he might as well help find the solutions rather than create problems.

“It is a recognition that we are getting to the point where we will start the main negotiations and there is a need for more ministers to be involved.”

Newly-appointed defence secretary Gavin Williamson is also expected to join the Brexit negotiations committee, according to the paper.