Boris Johnson says EU nationals will have an absolute right to remain after Brexit – live news

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Giles Watling, a Conservative, asks if Johnson can improve the rail service to places like Clacton, his constiuency.

Johnson says he wants to use infrastructure to level up the country.

Johnson repeats his point about how the SNP would have to campaign to hand back control of fishing to the EU after Brexit if it continued to campaign for EU membership. He says he expects the party to perform a U-turn on that at some point.

Johnson says all government departments should pay cleaners London living wage

Catherine West, the Labour MP, says Johnson believes in the London living wage. But many government departments do not pay it. Will Johnson commit to ensure that they do pay it.

  • Johnson says all government departments should pay their cleaners the London living wage.

Chris Leslie, the Independent Group for Change, asks if Johnson agrees with Priti Patel on the death penalty.

Johnson says he abhors the death penalty. But he says he does want to see serious offenders serve the sentences properly. He says Labour MPs should realise that this is what their constituents want.

Labour’s Anneliese Dodds asks why Johnson said so little about the climate emergency if he really cares about it.

Johnson says the Conservatives are the only party that believes private sector-driven new technology can provide a solution to the problem.

Labour’s Clive Efford says the leave campaign wanted to restore parliamentary sovereignty. So why has Johnson hired an adviser, Dominic Cummings, found in contempt of parliament.

Johnson ignores the question and says it is a disgrace Labour wants to reverse the referendum result.

Asked what changes he wants to the withdrawal agreement, Johnson says the first step should be to get rid of the backstop.

Alec Shelbrooke, a Conservative, asks if Johnson will back his plan to ban unpaid internships.

Johnson says Shelbrooke is “entirely right”. People should get jobs on merit.


Mark Menzies, a Conservative, asks if Johnson will commit to more spending on small transport projects.

Johnson jokes that he has lost count of how many road schemes he has committed to backing.

Labour’s Stephen Kinnock says the Tory manifesto said there would be a deal. So does Johnson accept he has no mandate for no deal.

Johnson says the party also said no deal would be better than a bad deal.

Labour’s Peter Kyle asks what legal changes Johnson wants to introduce to enhance workers’ rights that would not be allowed if the UK remained in the EU?

Johnson says that is for the Commons to decide.


Peter Bone, the Tory Brexiter, says for the first time in months he has slept soundly. Will Johnson ensure that continues?

Johnson says he is going to take the country out of the EU by 31 October.


Labour’s Chi Onwurah asks Johnson to give the three things he admires most about the north-east.

Johnson says the people of the north-east should answer that. It would be patronising for him to answer. But he does know that the north-east is the only region of the county that is a net exporter, he says.


Henry Smith, a Conservative, asks when MPs will know how many extra police officers each force area will get.

As soon as possible, Johnson says.

Labour’s Emma Lewell-Buck says it is important for the PM do be on top of the detail. So can he say now what is in paragraph 5(C) of Gatt article 24?

That is a reference to one of the questions Andrew Neil asked Johnson in his BBC interview recently.

Johnson declines to answer, but he says he plans to rely on paragraph 5(B).


Colin Clark, a Tory, asks Johnson if he will support the oil industry in Scotland.

Johnson says this industry has a great future.

Asked about the Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, saying she would still oppose Brexit, even if people voted for it in a second referendum, Johnson says the opposition are like dictators; they want to ignore the will of the people.


Labour’s Debbie Abrahams says she loves this country and its people. But all the evidence shows the richer are getting richer and the poorer are getting poorer.

Johnson says that is not correct. Income inequality has declined since 2010, he says. He says the government has lifted poor people out of tax.

(Actually, recent figures show income inequality is increasing.)


Labour’s Chris Bryant asks Johnson to get rid of the five-week waiting time for payments under universal credit.

Johnson says people can get advances on their benefit payments. Labour wants to scrap universal credit, he says. He defends the system.

Labour’s Alison McGovern says we now have a Vote Leave government. Does Johnson stand by the promises he made to have no change at the Irish border, and no sudden changes in the economy?

Yes, says Johnson. He says he is opposed to border controls. And as for the economy, he implies that if there were a no-deal Brexit, it would be the fault of the EU.

Johnson refuses to say UK faces climate emergency

Ed Davey, the Lib Dem MP, asks if Johnson agrees the UK faces a climate emergency.

Johnson says the government is leading the world in setting a net zero emissions target for 2050. Carbon emissions have been cut dramatically, he says. When he was London mayor carbon emissions were cut by 14% by new technology. That is the policy he will adopt.

  • Johnson refuses to say the UK faces a climate emergency.


The SNP’s Stewart McDonald asks Johnson why he has refused to answer questions about his relationship with the former Russian arms dealer Alexander Temerko.

Johnson says if McDonald has an allegation to make, he should put it to him in writing.

Justine Greening, a Conservative, asks Johnson if he agrees any deal must be put to the people in a referendum.

Johnson says he does not agree. Labour is now a referendum party, he says. But a referendum should only happen once a generation.

(In the past Johnson did once express some support for the idea of holding a second referendum.)


Labour’s Laura Smith asks if Johnson will apologise for what he said about how investigating historical child abuse was spaffing money against the wall.

Johnson says this country can be proud of its record on tackling child abuse.


Labour’s Angela Eagle says one of the principles of public life is honesty. Has Johnson always been honest in his political career?

Johnson says he has always delivered what he has promised. In fact, he has promised X and delivered X plus 20.


Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the public accounts committee, says there is a difference between optimism and fantasy. If Johnson wants to convince people he is not a fantasist, he will need to explain how he will fund his spending plans.

Johnson says his spending plans are relatively modest. He says Labour has not committed to matching what he has promised.

Asked if he will guarantee workers’ rights after Brexit, Johnson says he hopes to enhance workers’ rights after Brexit.

Labour has listed 10 questions that it says Boris Johnson did not answer when he was responding to Jeremy Corbyn.

Caroline Lucas, the Green MP, asks if Johnson will honour his promise to lie in front of bulldozers to stop the Heathrow extension.

Johnson says he is watching the court cases taking place with lively interest.

Johnson refuses to commit to giving MPs vote on what happens next if he fails to get Brexit deal

Anna Soubry, the Independent Group for Change leader, asks Johnson to bring the matter back to the Commons if he fails to get a new Brexit deal.

Johnson says MPs have already voted for Brexit.

  • Johnson refuses to commit to giving MPs a vote on what happens next if he fails to negotiate a new Brexit deal.


Johnson suggests UK no longer feels bound by December 2017 joint report with EU on Brexit

Labour’s Pat McFadden asks if Johnson accepts the commitment on the backstop made in the joint agreement between the UK and the EU in the joint report of December 2017.

Johnson says that is the trap from which the UK is trying to escape.

  • Johnson suggests UK no longer feels bound by December 2017 joint report with EU on Brexit.


Julian Lewis, the Tory chair of the defence committee, asks Johnson if he agrees defence spending needs to go up.

Johnson says he has a strong desire to increase spending, particularly on ship building.

Labour’s Liz Kendall says, if optimism was all it took, today people would be wandering across the garden bridge (the Johnson project that failed) and taking off on holiday from the Boris island airport (another Johnson scheme that never got off the drawing board). He asks Johnson what he will do about social care.

Johnson says he wants a cross-party solution to this.


Sir Oliver Letwin, a Tory, says he does not agree with Johnson on Brexit, but he says he thinks there is a possible majority in the Commons for a deal.

Johnson welcomes what he says.

Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts asks what is Johnson’s priority: delivering Brexit, or maintaining the union? He will have to pick one, do or die, she says.

Johnson says the people of the UK voted to leave the EU, and the people of Wales voted emphatically to do so.


John Baron, a Tory Brexiter, congratulates Johnson on his “cracking” policies so far. He says it says a lot that the four great offices of state are held by the descendants of immigrants. He asks if Johnson will maintain a cancer treatment initiative.

Johnson says he will carry on with that scheme.


Labour’s Hilary Benn says Leo Varadkar, the Irish PM, said yesterday trying to negotiate a new deal by October was “not in the real world”. What will Johnson do if MPs vote against no deal?

Johnson says Benn’s question is redolent of the defeatism he deplores. Why does not Benn think the EU might think again? All parties know what will happen if they do not honour the referendum result.

UPDATE: Here are the quotes.


Labour’s Yvette Cooper asks if Johnson can say what the technology will be for alternatives to the backstop in Ireland. She asked the chancellor 17 times, but he could not say, she says.

Johnson says abundant options are available, including trusted trader schemes.

Owen Paterson, the Brexiter former environment secretary, asks for an assurance that the UK will take back “total sovereignty” over fishing after Brexit.

Johnson says that is exactly what he will do.

Here is the Press Association’s first take on Boris Johnson’s statement.

Boris Johnson has urged Brussels to rethink its opposition to negotiating a new agreement on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

In his first statement to MPs as prime minister, Johnson reaffirmed his determination to deliver Brexit by the October 31 deadline, warning of a “catastrophic” loss of confidence in the UK’s democracy if they failed.

Johnson, who entered the Commons chamber to cheers from Tory MPs, insisted that he wanted to take Britain out of the EU with a deal.

But he said Theresa May’s deal had been rejected three times by the House and could not be brought back again.

“I would prefer us to leave the EU with a deal – I would much prefer it,” he said.

“I believe that it is possible even at this late stage and I will work flat out to make it happen.

“But certain things need to be clear. The withdrawal agreement negotiated by my predecessor has been three times rejected by this House.

“Its terms are unacceptable to this parliament and this country,” he said.

He said that his new government was ready to negotiate with Brussels in good faith.

“We will throw ourselves into these negotiations with the greatest energy and determination and in a spirit of friendship,” he said.

But at the same time he promise to “turbocharge” preparations for a no-deal Brexit in the event that they were unable to come to an agreement with the EU.


Nigel Dodds, the DUP leader at Westminster, welcomes Johnson’s positivity and optimism. He says the UK must be prepared for no deal if necessary.

Johnson thanks Dodds for his support, and for what he has done to protect the people of the UK from the “depredations of the party opposite”.


Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, says the 3 million EU nationals here are our family, our friends, our carers. But they have been kept in uncertainty. So will Johnson back the bill from the Lib Dem peer Lord Oates backing their rights.

Johnson says he can guarantee their rights. He says 1 million people have already signed up to the settlement scheme.


Blackford says SNP government considering bringing forward plans for second independence referendum

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, welcomes Johnson as the last PM of the United Kingdom.

It is sometimes said Johnson lives in a parallel universe. Today he appears to have gone to outer space, Blackford says.

He asks Johnson to accept Nicola Sturgeon’s request for a meeting.

A no-deal Brexit would cost Scotland 100,000 jobs, he says. He says Johnson has admitted he has done no analysis of the outcome of his plan. He says Johnson is deluded. If Johnson tries to take the UK out of the EU without a deal, Scotland will stop him and this parliament “will stop this madness in its tracks”.

He says Johnson does not have a mandate to be PM.

He asks Johnson to rule out changing the Barnett formula.

He says Sturgeon is now reviewing the timetable for a second independence referendum.

  • Blackford says SNP government considering bringing forward its plans for a second independence referendum.

In response, Johnson says Nicola Sturgeon replaced Alex Salmond without a vote.

He asks if the SNP would really campaign to rejoin the EU, and to hand back control of fisheries to the EU, after Brexit.

He says he will govern for the whole of the UK.


Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, says the EU will have listened to what Johnson had to say. He asks the government to say every week what has been done to prepare for no deal, so that the EU knows when the UK is ready.

Johnson welcomes that idea. He says there will be a very active campaign to get the public ready.


Johnson is replying to Corbyn.

He says he struggles to identify a question in that.

But under no circumstances will he make the NHS part of any US trade deal.

It is the Conservatives that have allowed the NHS to flourish, through a strong economy.

He says he struggles to identify the country Corbyn describes.

He says wages are outperforming inflation. And the living wage, a Conservative policy he championed in London, has expanded the incomes of those who have received it, he says.

He says Corbyn asked about Iran. But he has been paid by Iranian TV. He repeatedly sides with the mullahs of Iran, Johnson claims.

He says John McDonnell was sacked by Ken Livingstone for faking a budget.

(You would have thought Johnson would not want to accuse people of getting sacked for making things up.)

Johnson says Labour would put up taxes on gardens.

He says a terrible metamorphosis happened today. Corbyn has been captured, and “turned into a remainer”. Of all the flip-flops Corbyn has performed in his tergiversating career, this is probably the most serious, he says.

He says the reality is that the Conservatives are the party of the people. The Tories are the party of the many, Labour of the few. The Tories will take the country forward, while Labour will take it backwards.

Johnson ends, with Tory MPs chanting “more”.


Corbyn says the challenge to end inequality, tackle Brexit and end austerity will define the new government.

The country does not need “arm-waving bluster”, but competence.

Instead of focusing on the few, the new PM should address the needs of the many.

Corbyn says the office of PM requires integrity and honesty.

So will Johnson correct his claim that the rules on kipper packaging are not from the EU?

And will Johnson admit that the £39bn he talks of is actually £33bn, paid over 30 years? And will he accept that the previous government said this had to be paid. So the threat to withhold it from the EU is a phoney threat.

Corbyn says President Trump has labelled Johnson Britain’s Trump. Will Britain’s Trump rule out the NHS being part of any trade deal with the US?

He says Johnson would make the UK a vassal state of America.


Corbyn says the wealthy elite will not lose out from a no-deal Brexit.

If Johnson has confidence in his plan, he should take it back to the people, Corbyn says.

He says Labour would campaign to remain in any referendum on a Johnson Brexit deal.


Jeremy Corbyn is responding now.

He welcomes Boris Johnson to his job.

But he says he is worried that Johnson overestimates himself.

He says the government opted for austerity as a political choice.

He says Johnson is promising tax breaks to business – his own party’s funders.

When will the government set out its spending plans for departments?

Will Johnson match Labour’s plan for a £500bn investment fund?

Corbyn says Johnson has “thrown together a hard-right cabinet”.

Given Priti Patel, the home secretary, supports the death penalty, can Johnson assure MPs he has no plans to bring back capital punishment?

Was Johnson given sight of the Huawei leak inquiry before he made Gavin Williamson education secretary?

Corbyn says Johnson voted for the backstop less than four months ago. Can he explain his flip-flopping, and why he now thinks this is unacceptable.


Johnson proposes Australian-style points-based system for immigration

Johnson says he wants to continue to attract the brightest talents to the UK.

No one believes more than him in the benefits of immigration, he says.

He says for years the public have wanted an Australian-style points system for immigration. Today he will ask the migration advisory committee to review this as an option.

  • Johnson says he will commission report on moving to an Australian-style points-based system for immigration. (This policy always polls well with voters, most of whom are not aware that the UK already operates something similar.)

He says all his life he has been told that Britain has to be a mediocre country. He does not accept this.


Johnson says he is absolutely committed to delivering Brexit.

There are many officials in the EU that would be better placed working on trade deals in the UK.

He says the UK will not nominate a new European commissioner for after October.

He says he will not wait until 31 October before rebuilding Britain. He will start on this straight away.

He says NHS money will go to the frontline as soon as possible.

He has asked officials to work on plans to reduce waiting times and to speed up GP appointments.

He says the government will start hiring 20,000 more police officers as a priority.

He says he wants to ensure serious offenders serve their sentences in full.

The minimum level of per pupil funding in schools will increase, he says.

And he will level up every area in the country.


Johnson says the government is preparing tax cuts to stimulate innovation.

It will intensify work on getting new trade deals.

It will prepare an economic stimulus.

And he says he can give EU nationals an assurance they will have an absolute right to remain after Brexit. (See 10.52am.)

Johnson says there is too much negativity around.

We must take immediate steps, he says.

First, we must restore trust in democracy by taking the UK out of the EU by 31 October. He says to fail to do this would cause a “catastrophic loss of confidence” in our political system.

He says he would prefer to leave with a deal.

But the withdrawal agreement has been rejected by MPs three times. He says the backstop is unacceptable because it undermines Britain’s democracy. It must go, he says. A time limit would not be enough.

He says the Irish border issue should be settled in the negotiations on the future relationship, which is where this issue should always have been decided.

He says he does not accept that the backstop is needed. Other, alternative arrangements are perfectly possible.

He says his team is ready to talk to the EU whenever and wherever they want to do so.

He says he hopes the EU will also be ready to meet, and to rethink their current positions.

He says the UK is more ready for a no-deal Brexit than many people believe. But in the days left before 31 October, the government will step up its preparations.

He says, if the UK does leave without a deal, the UK will have the £39bn available. (This is contested. See 11.31am.)

He says the Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has been put in charge of no-deal planning. And the new chancellor, Sajid Javid, has said any money necessary will be available.


Boris Johnson says he wants to make UK greatest country on Earth in first statement to MP

Boris Johnson is delivering his first statement to MPs.

He starts with a tribute to Theresa May.

Then he says his mission is to deliver Brexit and make the UK the greatest country on Earth.

He says that might sound like hyperbole. But he claims it is realistic.

(This is very Donald Trump. It sounds like a rehash of an interview that Johnson gave to the Daily Telegraph earlier this month.)


Treasury minister claims UK could keep £39bn in event of no deal – despite attorney general saying otherwise

Rishi Sunak, the new chief secretary to the Treasury, was on the Today programme this morning, and he claimed that if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, the government would save up to £39bn, because it would not be paying the “divorce bill” set out in the withdrawal agreement. He said this because Boris Johnson made the same claim in his speech outside No 10 yesterday. Sunak said:

The prime minister also said yesterday that the £39bn bill that’s attached to the withdrawal agreement – in the event of no deal, that’s £39bn that is also potentially available.

But that is not the view of Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general. This is what Cox said on this subject in December:

The view of the government, and my view, is that we would have obligations to pay a certain amount of money were we to leave the European Union without a deal. The House of Lords European Union committee concluded that there would be no obligation under EU law. That is a stronger argument – not necessarily an incontestable one – as to our obligations under EU law, but the committee also concluded that we might have obligations under public international law, and with that I agree. There is an argument that we would not have an obligation under public international law, but it is an argument unlikely to be accepted by any international tribunal.

My view is therefore that we would owe a presently unquantifiable sum were we to leave the European Union without a deal. It is impossible at this stage to say how much. It is true that the European Union is not a member state and is not a state, and therefore it is unable to take the case to the international court of justice. It might therefore be difficult to enforce the public international law obligation that existed. However, I ask the house to reflect on the fact that if this country, acknowledging that such obligations probably exist or do exist, did not pay them, it would be likely to cause the deepest resentment, just as it would to any of us who were unpaid a debt. If we leave a club, we pay the bar bill. If we do not pay the bill, we are not likely to get a lot of consideration from the other side.

Cox is still attorney general. It would be interesting to know if he sticks by what he said at the end of last year.

Boris Johnson is about to give his Commons statement. Hopefully he will get asked about this.


Boris Johnson leaving Number 10 this morning ahead of his statement to the Commons.
Boris Johnson leaving No 10 this morning ahead of his statement to the Commons.

Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images


In a diary item for this week’s Spectator, Paul Dacre, the former Daily Mail editor, claims he once reduced Boris Johnson to tears. He writes:

I myself have had several emotional dalliances with our hero, including a lachrymose lunch (his tears not mine) with Boris bewailing that the Mail was destroying his marriage, while confiding that, anyway, monogamy is just a bourgeois convention. In fact the Mail, a family newspaper, never broke stories about his extracurricular activities, but I plead guilty to laying waste forests to intellectualise their psycho/socio-implications. The problem for us Brexiteers is there is another side to the man, with whom I have also enjoyed enthrallingly intimate dinners when he spoke with extraordinary passion, lucidity and optimism about Britain’s future outside the EU. For months now, my advice to his phalanx of minders has been to padlock his zipper and to keep her [Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds] in the background. Not that he’ll take a blind bit of notice. Like many journalists, he is an outsider who doesn’t give a damn what people think.

Johnson’s cabinet has twice as many privately educated ministers as May’s, says Sutton Trust

Boris Johnson’s cabinet is more than twice as privileged as the one Theresa May appointed in 2016, judging by how many of its members were privately educated, according to the Sutton Trust, the social mobility charity. It says 64% of Johnson’s cabinet was privately educated, 27% went to a comprehensive, while 9% attended a grammar school.

Here is an extract from the Sutton Trust’s news release.

This proportion of alumni of independent schools is more than twice that of Theresa May’s 2016 cabinet (30%), slightly more than Cameron’s 2015 cabinet (50%) and similar to the 2010 coalition cabinet (62%).

This means that cabinet ministers are nine times more likely to have gone to a fee-paying school for all or part of their secondary education than the general population, of which 7% went to private schools. However, the chancellor, foreign secretary, home secretary – and importantly the new education secretary – were among those educated at state schools.

The proportion of independently educated ministers attending cabinet is less than earlier cabinets under Conservative Prime Ministers, John Major (71% in 1992) and Margaret Thatcher (91% in 1979). Tony Blair and Gordon Brown both had 32% of those attending cabinet privately educated, while 25% of Clement Attlee’s first cabinet had been privately educated.

Of the 33 ministers attending Boris Johnson’s new cabinet, 45% went to Oxford or Cambridge universities. This compares with 31% of all Conservative MPs, 20% of Labour MPs and 24% of all MPs. A further 24% of Johnson’s cabinet were educated at other Russell Group universities (excluding Oxbridge).

Boris Johnson continues the academic dynasty at Number 10 that stretches back to before the start of World War 2: except for Gordon Brown, every prime minister since 1937 who attended university was educated at one institution – Oxford.


From Sky’s Tamara Cohen

Theresa May did promise last autumn to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the EU, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but her government did not legislate for this. At an earlier point in the process she refused to give that assurance, on the grounds that it would give away negotiating leverage, even though Labour was saying the UK should guarantee these rights unconditionally.

Jacob Rees-Mogg is replying to Valerie Vaz.

He says Labour can consult Erskine May online for free. Even he could do that, he says. He says Labour is meant to be modern. But Labour could buy a paper copy, he says. It would be a good investment.

On the possibility of parliament being prorogued for Brexit, Rees-Mogg says Boris Johnson has said that he views this as an arcane mechanism, and that he does not want to use arcane mechanisms. Rees-Mogg says that, as he is now bound by cabinet collective responsibility, that is his view too.

On Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Rees-Mogg says he will take this issue up, and will do so every week. He says the first duty of the government is to look after its citizens. The way she has been treated is shameful, he says.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Photograph: Sky News


Valerie Vaz is still responding to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

She says that Rees-Mogg has staff, so he will not need to bring his nanny.

She asks if Labour can get a complimentary copy of Erskine May. It is available online, but she says it would be useful to have a hard copy. (Buying one costs £300.)

She asks Rees-Mogg to confirm that Dominic Cummings, who has just been hired as a policy adviser by Boris Johnson, will not be given a Commons pass because he was found in contempt of parliament.

She asks about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, saying she has promised to raise it every week until Nazanin is free. Will Boris Johnson agree to meet her husband?

Valerie Vaz
Valerie Vaz.
Photograph: Parliament TV


Jacob Rees-Mogg takes business questions

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the new leader of the Commons, is taking business questions now.

He reads out the Commons business for the week starting Tuesday 3 September, when the recess ends. It’s all routine stuff.

Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the Commons, is now responding. She says it is not a very “energised” list. (See 10.03am.)

Penny Mordaunt, who was sacked as defence secretary by Boris Johnson yesterday, was doorstepped by Sky News this morning. She said the cabinet had her full support. But she refused to answer when asked what Johnson said to her yesterday.

Penny Mordaunt
Penny Mordaunt
Photograph: Sky News

Here is a Guardian panel with views on the new cabinet, with contributions from Aditya Chakrabortty, Sonia Sodha, Katy Balls, Paul Mason and Martha Gill.

During the Tory leadership campaign, Boris Johnson made repeated play of the claim that his team as London mayor was “basically a feminocracy”, saying he would promote women to top jobs.

And while the proportion of women in the four great jobs of state is still the same as at the end of Theresa May’s time in No 10 – 25%, with May as PM replaced by Priti Patel as home secretary – the proportion of women attending cabinet has actually fallen.

May had 29 people in her final cabinet meetings, eight of whom were women, or 27.6%. Under the official list of Johnson’s team sent round by No 10 earlier today (see 9.30am), he also has eight women, but among an expanded group of 33, so 24.2%.

Defenders of Johnson might point out that he has two more full cabinet members than May – seven out of 23 against her final tally of five from 23.

Either way it is, as best, no real progression.

Grant Shapps, the new transport secretary, was on message as he left cabinet. Asked how it went, and what the mood was like, he replied: “Very good, energised.” Energise is, of course, the word Boris Johnson used himself in his victory speech on Tuesday to describe his mission.

Grant Shapps leaving cabinet this morning.
Grant Shapps leaving cabinet this morning.
Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

Boris Johnson says government is committed to leaving EU by 31 October ‘no ifs, no buts’.

According to the Press Association, Boris Johnson told his new cabinet it was “wonderful to see this new team assembled here” which respects the “depth and breadth of talent in our extraordinary party”. He went on:

As you all know we have a momentous task ahead of us, at a pivotal moment in our country’s history.

We are now committed, all of us, to leaving the European Union on October 31 or indeed earlier – no ifs, no buts.

But we are not going to wait until October 31 to get on with a fantastic new agenda for our country, and that means delivering the priorities of the people.

The new cabinet. Around the table from bottom left: Esther McVey, James Cleverly, Alun Cairns, Gavin Williamson, Liz Truss, Sir Mark Sedwill, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd, Robert Jenrick, Alister Jack, Nicky Morgan and Rishi Sunak, Mark Spencer, Jacob Rees Mogg, Alok Sharma, Baroness Evans, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Barclay, Michael Gove,hidden, hidden, Julian Smith, Geoffrey Cox and Oliver Dowden.
The new cabinet. Around the table from bottom left: Esther McVey, James Cleverly, Alun Cairns, Gavin Williamson, Liz Truss, Sir Mark Sedwill, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd, Robert Jenrick, Alister Jack, Nicky Morgan and Rishi Sunak, Mark Spencer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Alok Sharma, Baroness Evans, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Barclay, Michael Gove,hidden, hidden, Julian Smith, Geoffrey Cox and Oliver Dowden.
Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA


This is from James Cleverly, the new Conservative party chairman.

There are four BME ministers in the full cabinet (out of 23), and another two in the “attending cabinet” category (out of 10).


From the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg

From Sky’s Sam Coates

Sky News has just broadcast some footage from the opening of the cabinet meeting. Boris Johnson could be heard saying “no ifs, but we’re going to ….” The rest was inaudible, but the cabinet seemed to like it, because we then saw them banging the table enthusiastically.

Left to right: Sir Mark Sedwill, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid
Left to right: Sir Mark Sedwill, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid.
Photograph: Sky News
Left to right: Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Barclay, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab
Left to right: Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Barclay, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab.
Photograph: Sky News


Here is another picture of the new cabinet.

Boris Johnson holding his first cabinet meeting.
Boris Johnson holding his first cabinet meeting.
Photograph: Aaron Chown/AP

Full list of cabinet

Downing Street has just sent out the full cabinet list. For the record, here it is.

The order in which ministers appear is important, because there is a hierarchy in cabinet and ministers are listed in order of seniority.

It is a good cabinet for Old Etonians. Including those allowed to attend, there are are four of them on the list: Boris Johnson, his brother Jo, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Kwasi Kwarteng.

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Robert Buckland, QC MP, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Julian Smith MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for International Development

James Cleverly MP, Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair

Attending Cabinet

Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council

Mark Spencer MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP, Attorney General

Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State (for Energy), Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy

Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Jake Berry MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State (Housing), Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State (Universities), Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State (for Security), Home Office

Boris Johnson is chairing his first cabinet as I write. And later he will address the Commons for the first time as prime minister, in a statement that may reveal more about how he intends to deliver Brexit and how he would like to govern Britain.

But we learnt a huge amount about that yesterday, from the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle in modern times. On the plus side, as the former Downing Street adviser from the New Labour era, Theo Bertram, argues on Twitter this morning, you could describe it as remarkably successful.

But it’s a reshuffle that does not just involve a wholesale change in personnel; it is one that will fundamentally alter the way people perceive the Conservative party. At one stage during the referendum 2016 campaign, to the surprise of some observers, Vote Leave started acting like a shadow government, making “manifesto” pledges like this one on cutting VAT on fuel. Now that strategy looks more understandable, because the Vote Leave campaign has effectively become the government.

On the Today programme this morning Nick Boles, the former Conservative minister who now sits as an independent, said the reshuffle showed the hard right had taken over his old party. He explained:

It is very clarifying because what it establishes beyond all doubt is that the Conservative party has now been fully taken over, top to bottom, by the hard right, that they’re basically turning themselves into the Brexit party in order to hold off Nigel Farage.

And those few elements remaining of the one-nation, liberal conservative, Cameron-style Conservatives – they are neutered captives in this cabinet. They’ve had to sign up to the pledge to leave [the EU] at the end of October.

There are other assessments, of course. We will be covering them throughout the course of the day.

Here is our overnight lead on the reshuffle.

Here is our guide to who is in the new cabinet.

And here is our guide to the ministers who were sacked, or who chose to leave.

Here is the agenda for the day.

8.30am: Boris Johnson chairs his first cabinet.

After 10.30am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the new leader of the Commons, takes business questions in the Commons.

After 11.30am: Johnson makes a statement to MPs.

As usual, I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to publish a summary when I wrap up.

You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of today’s top 10 must-reads.

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