- Rishi Sunak is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury
- He is among the three Indian-origin ministers in UK cabinet
- He favours UK withdrawing from the European Union
Boris Johnson officially became Britain’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday and promised to leave the European Union on October 31 “no ifs, no buts” under a “new deal” with the 28-member economic bloc.
The 55-year-old former foreign secretary and London Mayor laid out his vision as Prime Minister in his first speech on the steps of Downing Street after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, during which the 93-year-old monarch formally invited him to form a government after accepting Theresa May’s resignation a little earlier.
Fellow Brexiteer Rishi Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, and housing minister Alok Sharma are also in line for frontline jobs in what Indian-origin peer Lord Jitesh Gadhia has hailed as the most diverse Cabinet in British history.
The 47-year-old ardent Brexiteer declined to “speculate” over Mr Johnson’s plans but said that she was confident the prime minister has plans for a “diverse” Cabinet, given his track record of deploying a diverse team as the Mayor of London.
“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,” Mr Johnson said, adding that while he does have 99 days to that deadline, the country has had enough of waiting and the time to act on Brexit is right away.
“Brexit was a fundamental decision by the British people. We must now respect that decision and create a new partnership with our European friends… The work begins immediately behind that black door and I take personal responsibility of the change I want to see. Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here,” the prime minister said just before he went into that iconic black No. 10 door of Downing Street, the British PM’s office.