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Dominic Raab named as ‘Designated Survivor’ should the Prime Minister be incapacitated with coronavirus

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Dominic Raab has been named as the ‘designated survivor’ of the British government and will fill in for the Prime Minister should he fall ill with coronavirus.

Mr Rabb serves as Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and is also First Secretary of State.

The latter role means the 46-year-old is de facto Deputy Prime Minister, and will cover for Boris Johnson should be be unable to cary out his duties.

However, the decision for Mr Raab to carry out the functions of Prime Minister is already proving controversial, despite the need for it to happen being purely speculative.

Some say that Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, or Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, should step up to the plate.