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If Johnson is incapacitated, how does succession work?

Dominic Raab is “designated survivor” but we are still left with more questions than answers

By Jill Rutter  

Foreign Secretary—and "designated survivor"—Dominic Raab arrives in Downing Street. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

In the United States, if the president is incapacitated there is a clear line of succession set out in the constitution. First, the vice president, second the speaker of the House of Representatives, then over to the Senate and eventually back to the cabinet.

But this is another area where the UK just muddles through. There is actually no official constitutional post of deputy prime minister—and those given the title politically have rarely been…

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