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Liz Truss officially became Prime Minister yesterday and has already announced her cabinet, with some hardline Brexiteers now in charge of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The new Prime Minister will be pressing ahead with solving the issues in Northern Ireland as a priority – work Ms Truss already began as Foreign Secretary.
To kick off her premiership, Ms Truss has appointed James Cleverly as her replacement in the position of Foreign Secretary, who will lead negotiations with the European Union regarding the Protocol.
She has also placed Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris as the new Northern Ireland secretary.
Both are likely to be involved in any issues regarding the post-Brexit trade deal, which parts of could be suspended if Ms Truss continues with her bill to take unilateral action.
Both campaigned for Leave during the 2016 Brexit referendum.
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Heaton Harris appointed new NI Secretary
Chris Heaton Harris has been appointed as Liz Truss’ Northern Ireland Secretary just hours after EU chiefs put pressure on the new Prime Minister over Ulster’s post-Brexit Protocol.
The Daventry MP will replace Shailesh Vara who took on the role for just 62 days during Boris Johnson’s final days in Downing Street.
The Brexit-backing MP for Daventry served as Chairman of the European Research Group between 2010 and 2016 and previously described himself as a “fierce Eurosceptic”.
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