Government reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Sajid Javid quit as the United Kingdom's chancellor of the exchequer after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set conditions "any self-respecting minister" would reject, he said, as several senior heads rolled in a dramatic Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that preparations for the Budget would continue under the new Chancellor.

Britain's Press Association news agency reported that Javid had quit after being told to fire all his aides and replace them with staff appointed by the prime minister's office.

"I don't believe any self-respecting minister would accept such conditions and so, therefore, I felt the best thing to do was to go".

Cummings, the former Vote Leave chief who is now the prime minister's top adviser, has drawn a lot of media attention since arriving at Downing Street.

The role of Dominic Cummings in Sajid Javid's decision to step down.

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

Javid had been due to deliver his annual budget next month.

In the wake of Brexit, Johnson has vowed to take a more interventionist economic approach than some of his Conservative predecessors in order t o boost poorer regions outside the economic hub of London and southeast England. When it doesn't, the government can look dysfunctional.

Within minutes it fell to 1.296 dollars, before rising to 1.304 dollars - a one-week high.

The resignation was a curve ball in a Cabinet shake-up that comes in the wake of the Conservatives' big election win in December. His resignation shakes the government as it faces the challenges of negotiating a new relationship with the 27-nation European Union by the end of this year.

Business secretary Andrea Leadsom lost her post as business secretary and said it was a "real privilege to serve in Government for the last six years".

Other ministers remaining in their posts include Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack and Lords leader Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

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

Until Javid's exit, the most surprising move by the prime minister had been the sacking of Smith just weeks after brokering the deal that restored the power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland.

'The move seems created to allow the Government to push through even bigger increases in public investment and perhaps resuscitate tax cuts that previously looked dead in the water'.

Brandon Lewis, a former security minister, was named to replace him.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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