The new cabinet: the full list

A full list of David Cameron's new ministerial line-up.

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service - David Cameron

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council - Nick Clegg

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - William Hague

Chancellor of the Exchequer - George Osborne

Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Danny Alexander

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice - Chris Grayling

Secretary of State for the Home Department - Theresa May

Secretary of State for Defence - Philip Hammond

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Iain Duncan Smith

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Edward Davey

Secretary of State for Health - Jeremy Hunt

Secretary of State for Education - Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Eric Pickles

Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Owen Paterson

Secretary of State for International Development - Justine Greening

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities - Maria Miller

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Theresa Villiers

Secretary of State for Scotland - Michael Moore

Secretary of State for Wales - David Jones

Minister without Portfolio - Ken Clarke

Minister without Portfolio - Grant Shapps

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Lord Strathclyde

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal - Andrew Lansley

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General - Francis Maude

Attorney General – Dominic Grieve

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) - Andrew Mitchell

Jeremy Hunt was promoted from Culture Secretary to Health Secretary in David Cameron's first major cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Getty Images.
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Theresa May's "clean Brexit" is hard Brexit with better PR

The Prime Minister's objectives point to the hardest of exits from the European Union. 

Theresa May will outline her approach to Britain’s Brexit deal in a much-hyped speech later today, with a 12-point plan for Brexit.

The headlines: her vow that Britain will not be “half in, half out” and border control will come before our membership of the single market.

And the PM will unveil a new flavour of Brexit: not hard, not soft, but “clean” aka hard but with better PR.

“Britain's clean break from EU” is the i’s splash, “My 12-point plan for Brexit” is the Telegraph’s, “We Will Get Clean Break From EU” cheers the Express, “Theresa’s New Free Britain” roars the Mail, “May: We’ll Go It Alone With CLEAN Brexit” is the Metro’s take. The Guardian goes for the somewhat more subdued “May rules out UK staying in single market” as their splash while the Sun opts for “Great Brexpectations”.

You might, at this point, be grappling with a sense of déjà vu. May’s new approach to the Brexit talks is pretty much what you’d expect from what she’s said since getting the keys to Downing Street, as I wrote back in October. Neither of her stated red lines, on border control or freeing British law from the European Court of Justice, can be met without taking Britain out of the single market aka a hard Brexit in old money.

What is new is the language on the customs union, the only area where May has actually been sparing on detail. The speech will make it clear that after Brexit, Britain will want to strike its own trade deals, which means that either an unlikely exemption will be carved out, or, more likely, that the United Kingdom will be out of the European Union, the single market and the customs union.

(As an aside, another good steer about the customs union can be found in today’s row between Boris Johnson and the other foreign ministers of the EU27. He is under fire for vetoing an EU statement in support of a two-state solution, reputedly to curry favour with Donald Trump. It would be strange if Downing Street was shredding decades of British policy on the Middle East to appease the President-Elect if we weren’t going to leave the customs union in order at the end of it.)

But what really matters isn’t what May says today but what happens around Europe over the next few months. Donald Trump’s attacks on the EU and Nato yesterday will increase the incentive on the part of the EU27 to put securing the political project front-and-centre in the Brexit talks, making a good deal for Britain significantly less likely.

Add that to the unforced errors on the part of the British government, like Amber Rudd’s wheeze to compile lists of foreign workers, and the diplomatic situation is not what you would wish to secure the best Brexit deal, to put it mildly.

Clean Brexit? Nah. It’s going to get messy. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.