'CHINO' nickname was the trigger for Sajid Javid's resignation as Chancellor

Marco Green
February 14, 2020

Speaking outside his home, Javid told reporters: "I was unable to accept those conditions and I do not believe any self-respecting minister would accept those conditions".

Alok Sharma was promoted from global development to become the new Business Secretary and he will also be minister for the COP26 United Nations climate summit, which is due to take place in Glasgow in November.

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.

The pound briefly retreated on Javid's departure but soon recovered as analysts said the new chancellor could open the way for more public spending and growth. After pressure from the British and Irish governments, the main Irish nationalist and British unionist power-sharing parties returned to work last month.

Javid's resignation, due to his refusal to accept No 10's request to sack his advisers, according to a number of media outlets, was the big name cabinet casualty on Thursday.

After his election victory in December, Johnson fulfilled his pledge to get Britain out of the European Union on January 31 - but the country's future ties with the bloc remain uncertain.

Several high-profile women in Johnson's government, including Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Housing Minister Esther McVey, were fired. Some key ministers escaped the chop, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel and the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg.

'CHINO' nickname was the trigger for Sajid Javid's resignation as Chancellor
'CHINO' nickname was the trigger for Sajid Javid's resignation as Chancellor

The ongoing struggle between Downing Street and the Treasury apparently erupted into a feud when Cummings sacked Javid's special adviser Sonia Khan without informing him.

Javid refused to say whether the pressure came from Cummings.

"They are going to create one special advisor unit that is going to span Number 10 and Number 11 which will be controlled by Cummings and that Number 10 team", Lambert.

"It's clear Dominic Cummings has won the battle to take absolute control of the treasury and has installed his stooge as the chancellor".

Besides Javid's exit, perhaps the greatest surprise in the Cabinet reshuffle is the firing of Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who had success securing a deal to end a three-year suspension of the local government.

The former Treasury minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'I think he, probably more by accident than design, was put into a position where it was extremely hard for him to swallow that and move on'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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