Dominic Raab set to lead UK through Covid-19 hurdles
The foreign secretary and de facto number two to the PM to chair Cobra and cabinet meetings as the government makes crucial coronavirus decisions
He will be expected from today to chair Cobra and cabinet meetings as the government makes crucial decisions related to the coronavirus, including whether and when to alter restrictions on movement.Raab, 46, who has twice tested negative for the virus, is Johnson’s “designated survivor,” and takes on prime ministerial responsibilities now Johnson has become too ill to remain in charge of the government.
How long he remains in that position will depend on Johnson’s health and his prospects of returning to cabinet, according to a former senior civil servant.Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, said:“The government and the cabinet secretary have clearly identified Raab as the first minister but that was done some time back without any notion that it would come to this.
“Raab will step into the key functions such as chairing Cobra meetings and chairing cabinet. There will also have been general plans that would have been refined over the last few days since the prime minister’s illness became clear.”As the UK is a parliamentary democracy, there is no need, under the UK’s unwritten constitution, for an election in order for Raab to assume prime ministerial powers. However, political pressure could eventually lead to one.
If the prime minister remains incapacitated for some time, questions will be raised about whether Raab has the authority to continue, Kerlake told the Guardian, and the cabinet may intervene.“The question will be to what extent can Raab carry the authority that Boris Johnson had, given that Boris led the government to a general election victory. I think a lot now depends on how quickly the PM recovers.
“If he doesn’t recover quickly, the cabinet would take a view on who would be prime minister. But if the prime minister was unable to continue, the Conservative party may have to choose a new leader,” he said.“The challenge is that there are big questions to be made now. When and how do we leave the lockdown? Do we intensify it in the short term? Are we going to deliver the increased levels of testing and PPE (personal protection equipment) needed? Do we need to do more to protect those caught up in the economic fallout of the lockdown, such as the younger and the lower paid?”
Last month, the prime minister’s spokesman said if Johnson was unwell and unable to work, Raab, as the first secretary of state, would stand in. Downing Street is said to have drawn up plans to ensure the continuation of government in all circumstances but details have not been divulged publicly.
Ian Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader and a friend of the prime minister, said he had “all the confidence” in Raab as he was surrounded by cabinet ministers who knew the processes around the prime minister. He said contingencies for this situation were well planned.
“In terms of the government we shouldn’t have any concerns at all. It has been known for some considerable time that the prime minister appointed Dominic Raab as first secretary. He is more than capable of fulfilling this role and he has great experience in government,” he told BBC News.
“And he would have been brought up to speed on all the key processes that go around the prime minister since he became ill because they would have been planning for this and just in case this happened.“All the other cabinet ministers, some very senior like Michael Gove who understand how this works, they’ve all got important jobs to do… but what they will now have to do is look to Dominic Raab for that final principle decision making process whilst the prime minister is unable to take that role.”Read more: The Guardian »
Fills me with same amount of confidence Johnson did, wrong time wrong person? A very bad sign indeed. There’s a headline to chill the heart A more chilling headline I have not read. I'll be honest I wouldn't leave him to look after a corner shop..... GlerFethiye1 Designated survivor? A bit pessimistic Nope. Starmer will
Can we just have Number10cat instead please? Fucks sake Dominic 'Dover?' Raab. As if things weren't bad enough. I wouldn't trust that pinhead to put his shoes on the right feet. I would honestly prefer it if they put the fucking Downing Street cat in charge. I’m sure you mean over rather than through, that never seems to work
Ask him where Calais is? We’re doomed! The words “rabbit” and “headlights” come to mind. Oh wonderful .. OhFuck Our PM Boris 👍 Oh feck Through...? Not over the hurdles? Who? 🤨 A psychopath.
Dominic Raab: 'Incredibly strong team spirit' behind Boris Johnson – videoRaab, who is currently deputising for the prime minister, has pledged that the government would continue its work and bring the whole country through the pandemic. safe hands? he’s in the ICU, this may not end well. He looks very shaken. Pity we can’t say the same thing about the country 🤷♂️
Boris Johnson moved to intensive care and Dominic Raab takes over PM duties - follow liveFollow here for the latest updates Is this a picture of the covid19 team clearing the route for boris? 🤔 It is a terrible disease, I hope everyone who has it recovers. Boris Johnson should, however, be pleased that he is part of his herd immunity program. Is there any immunity and, if so, how long does it last? Would having had other viruses provide some protection? Again adding sensationalist photos with headlines. I love but not this shameful, tabloid style image selection.
Coronavirus: There is an 'incredibly strong spirit behind the PM' - Dominic Raab Dominic Raab has said there is an 'incredibly strong team spirit' behind Boris Johnson after he was moved to intensive care with worsening coronavirus symptoms.
Dominic Raab to take over prime minister duties after Boris Johnson admitted to intensive careForeign secretary will ‘deputise where necessary’, Downing Street says Oh he dead 💀 He’s worse!
Coronavirus updates: Raab leads UK government briefing - BBC News'The efforts all of us are making to stay at home and save lives are working' 'But the big question is, is the virus spread slowing down enough to make hospital admissions stabilise and then even fall,' says Professor Dame Angela McLean Dear Journalists, please can you up your game? I can't help but shout at the TV with questions such as, what decision will you be making at the end of the week? (how will they know until the end of the week) and the lack of understanding over the terms precautionary and tests. This is the result of an 'Unwritten Constitution'. Now, The whole country is at RISK. I wonder what Putin and Chi are doing and thinking right now ! ParliamentaryDemocracySucks Nigel_Farage KTHopkins Absolutely awful questions today. Need to get some new reporters if that’s the best they can come up with. Sorry but truly dreadful.
Ruffled Raab gives little clue of true state of prime minister's health | John CraceThe de facto PM offers a barely credible performance at the daily coronavirus press conference Fvuking Prick’s, can’t help yourself. Imagine how ‘ruffled’ you’d be if you’d got a job covering at a credible broadsheet and was told to host a press conference mins later... Are you really the Rag trade newspaper every one is talking about ? Pity rag British secracy and government lies!!!