The King is dead, long live the King? Dominic Raab, David Davis’s Cabinet replacement, is in many ways a younger, fresher version of the Brexit Secretary.
Very much a Brexiteer, and very much on the Right of the Conservative party’s politics, the 44-year-old is a hard-headed pragmatist who has long impressed his predecessor and other Tory MPs.
Whereas Davis was famously an SAS reservist, Raab is a black belt at karate. The pair share a passionate belief in civil liberties.
Raab got his first big break when he was hired as Davis’s chief-of-staff in 2006. Davis had been made Shadow Home Secretary in the wake of his leadership defeat to David Cameron and needed a “smart, tough” aide to sort out his office.
Raab, an Oxford-educated Foreign Office lawyer, was seen…