July 24, 2019 / 6:08 PM / 2 months ago

Factbox: Five facts about new UK foreign minister Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Dominic Raab as foreign minister, a return to office for the Brexit minister who quit Theresa May’s government over her deal to leave the European Union.

- Raab, 45, is a hardline eurosceptic, who has long campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union and who says he is relaxed about a no-deal Brexit.

- When running for prime minister, Raab told Conservative lawmakers he was the only “Brexiteer that you can rely on” and took aim at Boris Johnson by saying: “We won’t get a good deal with bluff and bluster”.

- A karate black belt, he quit as Brexit minister in November last year in protest at May’s deal to leave the EU, saying the agreement would trap Britain in the bloc’s sphere.

- The son of a Czech-born Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis in 1938, Raab was brought up in the southern English region of Buckinghamshire and studied law at Oxford university before becoming an international lawyer.

- Last year, Raab’s diary secretary was suspended and sparked a security investigation after being accused of offering to sell sex online to older men. Raab dismissed the story as a “storm in a teacup” and said the most salacious thing in the story was an untrue claim that he ordered the same lunch every day.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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