Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson shuffles cabinet, British finance minister Javid resigns

Boris Johnson shuffles cabinet, British finance minister Javid resigns

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Sun journalist Tom Newton Dunn said "It has only been six months since Boris Johnson appointed Sajid Javid as chancellor".

Javid and Johnson were reportedly at odds over the nomination and firing of special advisers (spads) in the chancellory.

The pound extended gains on Thursday after the resignation of British finance minister Sajid Javid, as investors bet that his replacement would pave the way for a more expansionary budget next month.

"The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Rishi Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer", Downing Street said in an official press release.

It is understood Mr Javid refused the role after he was set an ultimatum to fire his special advisers to be able to continue in it.

However, he allegedly said that "no self-respecting minister would accept those terms" and put in his papers instead.

According to media reports, Johnson will replace Javid with Rishi Sunak.

The sacking of Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith has been branded "disastrous" and a "WTF" moment.

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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes to Smith's efforts, saying he was "one of Britain's finest politicians of our time".

But allies of the axed minister said it was "absolute crap" to suggest that Mr Johnson and Number 10 had not been kept informed of the process and details of the deal.

Johnson had not been expected to change the biggest-hitting posts in his government, but most saw even the smallest changes lower down the order as a sign that he wanted to tighten his grip on power.

John McDonnell, finance spokesperson for the main opposition Labour Party, described the reshuffle as chaos. Cox had been scheduled to give questions in the House of Commons but was sacked.

Andrea Leadsom, business secretary, also got her walking papers.

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.

The most junior ministerial rank - parliamentary under-secretary of state level - is likely to have a 50-50 gender split after the reshuffle.

But Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, Johnson's de factor deputy, are staying.

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