Johnson reshuffles cabinet ahead of European Union deal

  • Johnson reshuffles cabinet ahead of European Union deal

Johnson reshuffles cabinet ahead of European Union deal

Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com, said: "Boris Johnson is taking the Kirstie Allsopp approach to how to make Number 10 and Number 11 work for him: that is, just knock through".

Today, the Prime Minister insisted to Sajid Javid that all he wanted was a Osborne/Cameron relationship but Mr Javid and his allies in the Treasury believed what was on offer from No. 10 was a very different (servant/master).

He'll be replaced by Rishi Sunak, just four weeks before the Budget is due.

But investors piled into sterling in the hope Sunak - chief secretary to the Treasury and an ally of Number Ten - will deliver a more radical budget to kick-start the economy.

Reports have framed Javid's departure as the culmination, then, of the "battle" between Cummings and the ex-chancellor that McDonnell tweeted about.

Sunak appears more aligned with Johnson than his predecessor in backing a looser fiscal policy, noted Paul Dales, the chief United Kingdom economist at Capital Economics. But the price of the push against Sajid Javid has been very high and the question for No. 10 is whether, at the end of this moment, the government looks more powerful or out of control.

Planning for that has got off to a rocky start, with Johnson last week firing Claire O'Neill, a former British government minister appointed past year to head up the event.

Priti Patel and Dominic Raab have remained in their positions as Home Secretary and Forgeign Secretary respectively.

Johnson had asked Javid to fire and replace all of his special advisers, British media reported.

Javid refused to say whether the pressure came from Cummings.

Johnson's office confirmed it was creating a new team of advisers covering both the prime minister's office and the Treasury.

"Extensive preparations have already been carried out for the Budget and they will continue at pace", he said.

Julian Smith has also been dismissed as the Secretary for Northern Ireland.

Newcomers at the cabinet meeting on Friday will include Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who replaces Alok Sharma as worldwide development secretary; Amanda Milling, who is minister without portfolio and chairwoman of the Conservative Party; and Suella Braverman, who takes on the role of attorney general after the prime minister asked Mr Cox to step down.

His Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who was also closely involved in the power-sharing talks, said that without Smith's leadership there would be no government in Belfast.

Arlene Foster, who as DUP leader was restored as the first minister of Northern Ireland under the deal, also hailed his "dedication to the role".