Michael Gove: 'I absolutely do have confidence in the Prime Minister'

Friday, November 16, 2018

Michael Gove has confirmed he will stay on at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today.

He had been rumoured to be considering his resignation after fellow Cabinet members Dominic Raab and Esther McVey resigned on Thursday. 

As one of the most prominent members of the Leave campaign, Gove’s decision to stay will booster Theresa May as reports suggest she could face a vote of no confidence.

"I absolutely do have confidence in the Prime Minister," said Gove.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to work with all of my government colleagues, and all of my colleagues in Parliament in order to make sure we get the best future for Britain. 

"I think it's absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future and making sure in the areas that matter so much to the British people we can get a good outcome."

 

It was reported Gove was offered the position of Brexit Secretary after Raab’s resignation, but turned it down after the Prime Minister refused his conditions of being allowed to renegotiate the deal on his own terms. 

Gove stood in the previous leadership race to replace David Cameron in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum but was eliminated in the second ballot of Tory MPs. 

His announcement sabotaged the chances of Boris Johnson, who dropped out of the race after Gove said he was running because Johnson “cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.”

Although his appointment to DEFRA by May was seen as a snub, Gove is seen to have performed well in his position, particularly with his committal to reduce plastic pollution. 

Words: Cormac Connelly-Smith