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Get on with the job, May tells first meeting of new Cabinet

By Sam Lister

Published 20/07/2016

Prime Minister Theresa May chairs her first Cabinet meeting
Prime Minister Theresa May chairs her first Cabinet meeting
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire

Theresa May has told her new Cabinet they must "get to it and get on with the job" as the top team gathered for its first meeting in No 10.

In a 90-minute discussion, the Prime Minister announced she would take the helm of three new high-level committees to drive through plans for Brexit, as well as social and economic reform.

Mrs May told senior ministers that "politics is not a game" as she insisted quitting the European Union presented a "huge opportunity" and pledged to make government work for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Mrs May's spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister concluded with the fact that Brexit presented a huge opportunity, and it was time to get to it and get on with the job."

Mrs May will chair three new Cabinet committees - on the economy and industrial strategy, exiting the European Union and international trade, and social reform.

But No. 10 denied the move was prompted by a desire to keep tight control on the policy areas or counteract potential turf wars between Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

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