Britain's cabinet names new Brexit secretary

Britain's government named on Monday former Housing Minister Dominic Raab to take up the post of senior official in charge of negotiating the country's exit from the European Union, after his predecessor resigned few hours earlier, news wires reported.

PM Theresa May's office announced the appointment in a statement on Monday. Raab, a Brexit supporter, follows David Davis, who had accused May of undermining Brexit with her plan to keep close trade ties with the bloc. Davis quit just two days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for a divorce deal with the EU.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament's Brexit coordinator, urged Britain to look beyond the departure of its chief negotiator and move forward quickly to clinch a deal with the EU.

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