BORIS Johnson has appointed three Indian-origin leaders, including Priti Patel as Home Secretary, in his top ministerial team in what has been dubbed as Britain’s most diverse Cabinet, after he took over as the new Prime Minister with a pledge that the UK will leave the EU on October 31, “no ifs or buts.”
Hours after Johnson was appointed by the Queen as Britain’s new Prime Minister, he named Patel Home Secretary, Alok Sharma as the International Development Secretary and Rishi Sunak as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
They attended their first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Thursday morning, on the way to which Sunak declared the new UK Government was “toughening up”.“We will restore trust in our democracy and we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts,” Johnson had said on Wednesday in his first speech as Prime Minister. His fellow pro-Brexit campaigner Patel will now be in charge of the UK’s security, immigration and visa policies. The 47-year-old has vowed to fight the “scourge of crime” and will be in the hot seat to fulfil some of her past promises of a fairer post-Brexit visa regime for everyone around the world, free of the freedom of movement norms imposed by the European Union (EU). “The pressures being put on our services by immigration from the EU has meant that tough limits have been put in place on immigration from outside the EU,” she said during her time as one of the prominent leaders of the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit.Fellow Brexiteer Sunak had also issued similar open letters in favour of fairer visa norms for everyone in the world.