Mr Johnson would hold the role alongside his position as Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service. North East Somerset MP Mr Rees-Mogg has said the Union has been damaged by the EU and Brexit would provide the solution in a column in The Daily Telegraph. He said the plans would be both symbolically and practically important: “The symbolism is that it would show how crucial the Union is to a conservative understanding of our nation. The four parts which make one stronger whole.”
Mr Rees-Mogg further added Westminster would take back control from the EU and this would benefit the whole of the United Kingdom: “Economically this will be especially relevant for trade, agriculture and fisheries. It will show that Brexit is a land of hope and opportunity for the Union, which will be strengthened by it.”
Only 38 percent of Scotland voted Leave three years ago with every single region voting Remain at a turnout of 67.2 percent, prompting SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to use the possibility of a no deal Brexit to hold a second independence referendum.
Mr Rees-Mogg rejected the suggestion Brexit emboldened Scottish nationalists: “First of all, it is an odd position for a nationalist to take to suggest that rule from Brussels with almost no democratic oversight is better than the United Kingdom, where Scotland often, as it does now, holds the balance of power.”
He pointed out Scotland’s 9 Tory MPs meant the party needed them to retain the confidence of the Commons as the 312 Tory and 10 DUP MPs in confidence and supply would not be enough, before adding he felt Scotland would never hold as much influence with the chambers of the EU.
While support for nationalism in Scotland has increased in recent years, Mr Rees-Mogg attributed this to control from Europe which would not be an issue upon Brexit.
He also accused the SNP of being a Eurosceptic party in the past but only switching position as it saw “advantage politically”.
The SNP had backed leaving the European Community in 1975 and moved to the current position of supporting EU membership for an independent Scotland in the 1980s.
Mr Rees-Mogg says Scotland’s rich waters had been “pillaged” by the Common Fisheries Policy but Royal Navy protection would result in “an economic boost that replaces years of damage”.
Mr Johnson is facing Jeremy Hunt for Tory leadership with the winner being announced after a ballot of the 160,000 Tory members on July 24th.
Currently the cabinet has secretaries responsible for Scotland (David Mundell), Wales (Alun Cairns) and Northern Ireland (Karen Bradley).
Due to the political situation in Northern Ireland, neither the Tories nor Labour stands candidates in Northern Ireland, so the Northern Ireland Secretary has never held a Northern Irish seat.
The outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May formed two Cabinet positions: Brexit Secretary, International Trade Secretary.
Mrs May also created two roles which are not officially Cabinet positions but do so see the holders attend Cabinet meetings: Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth and Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.