Meet the new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

Mail Online | 7/10/2018 | Quentin Letts for the Daily Mail
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Theresa May won’t have enjoyed promoting Dominic Raab to her Cabinet. Lawyer Raab, in addition to being a karate-chopping martial arts enthusiast, is a cold-livered, hard-nosed, flinty-hearted, quick-tongued Brexiteer. He used to be chief of staff to David Davis – whose place in Cabinet he has taken – but he is younger and pushier than the veteran ‘DD’.

Worse (as far as Mrs May is concerned), Raab made her life difficult over prisoners’ rights when she was Home Secretary in David Cameron’s Coalition government. Mr Raab thought the Government was being too wet in caving in to European judges’ instructions to grant convicts wider rights. Mrs May just wanted an easy life. Didn’t she always?

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In 2011, when Raab had been an MP less than a year, he campaigned against Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights telling us to give voting rights to prisoners.

‘This goes to the heart of our democracy,’ he declared. ‘Who writes the law of the land?’ Mr Raab, in accepting a place in Mrs May’s Cabinet, is unlikely to have surrendered his principles. Whereas Mr Davis called himself ‘a reluctant conscript’, Mr Raab may prove more actively obstructive and on top of the legalistic detail.

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At 44, Dominic Raab has the composure and coolness of an older man. Much is made of his trimness of physique, attributed not least to his boxing and his third-dan black belt in karate. He is such an exercise freak that eight years ago he had to have a hip replacement. ‘Too much kicking Lib Dems over the years,’ he joked.

Born in Buckinghamshire, he was educated at grammar school in Amersham and took a law degree from Oxford before doing a master’s at Cambridge. He’s bright, this one, but not a predictable Establishment man.

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Raab, whose wife Erika is a Brazilian marketing executive, is very...
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