Boris Johnson to share official government residence with Liam Fox and David Davis

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18th July 2016

Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox, the three leading Brexiteers in Government, will share the use of the official residence at Chevening. 

Chevening in Kent is traditionally used as the official residence of the Foreign Secretary
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The country house is traditionally reserved for the Foreign Secretary, but was also shared in the last Parliament between William Hague and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

After announcing the sharing arrangement with International Trade Secretary Dr Fox and Brexit Secretary Mr Davis, the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said: “I’m sure they’ll all be able to work together.

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“It reflects the fact that all those secretaries of state will as part of their work, I’m sure, be meeting and engaging and hosting other foreign visitors and leaders.”

As Foreign Secretary, Mr Johnson will also have use of 1 Carlton Gardens.

Questions have also been raised about the decision to appoint Sir Alan Duncan as Minister of State at the FCO.

Just weeks ago, the Conservative MP referred to “Silvio Borisconi” in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman downplayed the idea of friction between Mr Johnson and Sir Alan.

“Alan Duncan’s got a background of working on international affairs and he will be an asset to the Foreign Secretary and to the Foreign Office,” she said.

It also emerged today that Mr Johnson had given up his weekly Telegraph column, worth more than £250,000 per year.

“That’s a decision that the Foreign Secretary took on being offered a role in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet.”

But she refused to be drawn on whether it was a condition of him taking up the post.