By Arj Singh
Dominic Raab will take over at the top of the government if Boris Johnson falls ill with coronavirus and is unable to fulfil his duties as prime minister, Downing Street has confirmed.
The foreign secretary is the government’s so-called “designated survivor” and Johnson’s de facto deputy as first secretary of state, the PM’s official spokesperson said.
The spokesperson told reporters: “The prime minister is well.
“The foreign secretary [would take over]. The foreign secretary is the first secretary of state.
“The prime minister has the power to designate responsibilities to any of his ministers but now it’s the prime minister and then the foreign secretary.”