After six years, we still have a Remainer Cabinet – 60% voted Remain

Facts4EU.Org has analysed the EU Referendum voting record of the PM’s new Cabinet

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At least we have pro-Brexit Home and Foreign Secretaries

Last night the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a list of 30 ministerial appointments ranging from his Secretaries of State to “ministers without portfolio”. 60% of them voted Remain in the EU Referendum.

The list of ministers who actually attend Cabinet as a right has always been somewhat opaque and has varied according to each Prime Minister’s wishes. However from the Government’s statement overnight it appears that 26 out of the 30 will attend.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Rishi Sunak’s new Cabinet – Remain or Leave?

  • Ministers who voted Remain : 15 (60%)
  • Ministers who voted Leave : 10 (40%)
  • Undeclared : 1

[Source: See below.]

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Is Rishi Sunak a Brexiteer?

The records show that the new Prime Minister voted Leave in the EU Referendum. However no-one we know in either of the major Leave campaigns ever saw anything of him in 2016.

Mr Sunak was of course only an MP in 2016. Nevertheless, other MPs campaigned vigorously in what was a fiercely-contested vote. We can only say that the new Prime Minister was practically invisible and never once popped up on our radar.

Who voted Remain and who voted Leave? (And who won’t say?)

1. The Remainers

  • Jeremy Hunt MP re-appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Ben Wallace MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for Defence
  • Dr Thérèse Coffey MP as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Gillian Keegan MP as Secretary of State for Education
  • Grant Shapps MP as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Mark Harper MP as Secretary of State for Transport
  • Mel Stride MP as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Michelle Donelan MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Jeremy Quin MP as Paymaster General, and Minister for the Cabinet Office. He will attend Cabinet.
  • John Glen MP as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He will attend Cabinet.
  • Johnny Mercer MP as a Minister of State (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) in the Cabinet Office. He will attend Cabinet.
  • Robert Jenrick MP as a Minister of State (Minister for Immigration) in the Home Office. He will attend Cabinet.
  • Andrew Mitchell MP as a Minister of State (Minister for Development) in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He will attend Cabinet.
  • Sir Gavin Williamson CBE MP as a Minister of State (Minister without Portfolio) in the Cabinet Office. He will attend Cabinet.
  • Tom Tugendhat MBE MP re-appointed as a Minister of State (Minister for Security) in the Home Office. He attends Cabinet.

2. The Leavers

  • Rishi Sunak MP as Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
  • Dominic Raab MP as Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice
  • Suella Braverman KC MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • James Cleverly MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
  • Steve Barclay MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Alister Jack MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • David TC Davies MP as Secretary of State for Wales
  • Kemi Badenoch MP re-appointed as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. She also becomes Minister for Women and Equalities
  • Michael Gove MP as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations

3. The Undeclared

Lord True, Leader of the House of Lords. He has never been an MP and we have been unable to find any information on how he voted in 2016. We do know that the House of Lords was – and still is – ‘Remainer City’ in Westminster, with the vast majority of peers voting Remain. They conspired with all the Ultra-Remainer MPs in the Commons and did everything they could to overturn the largest democratic decision in British history.


Who cares? We do

There will of course be those who say “Who cares?” They will argue that what matters now is whether those Cabinet members who voted Remain six years ago now accept the democratic decision of the British people.

Unfortunately we can’t agree. Some of Mr Sunak’s new Cabinet were Ultra-Remainers. Examples who spring instantly to mind include the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Andrew Mitchell, John Glen, Gavin Williamson, and Tom Tugendhat (whose French wife works for Macron’s government).

One area of considerable concern is the Exchequer. Not only was the Chancellor a strong Remainer, but Rishi Sunak has just replaced his excellent (pro-Brexit) deputy with Remainer John Glen. This puts the nation’s purse strings in the hands of two people whose natural inclination is pro-EU.

Brexit action is needed urgently

It goes even further than that. There is a desperate need to deregulate after the EU imposed so many inappropriate rules and regulations on the UK’s services economy in particular. Deregulation in the financial sector has become increasingly urgent. Does anyone think that two Remainers at the Treasury are going to move heaven and earth to get this done quickly? We would love to be proved wrong, but…

Then there are all the other areas of Brexit which have yet to be resolved, six years after we vote to leave the EU. Northern Ireland is a key one, but there are many others including control of immigration, fisheries, and others. It's high time we started seeing more of the changes necessary to deliver on the benefits of Brexit.

We very much hope to see urgent action from Mr Sunak's Remainer Cabinet.

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[ Sources: No.10 | Facts4EU's research of MPs' voting records over several years ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Wed 26 Oct 2022

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