Sajid Javid, the British finance minister, is leaving, he is being replaced by Rishi Sunak, Javid’s number two. The minister is said to have resigned after a conflict with Boris Johnson’s adviser, Dominic Cummings.
Javid’s departure is remarkable: today Boris Johnson himself sent some members of his government a walk, but Javid kept his job. Next month he also had to propose the annual budget.
Boris Johnson has rearranged his cabinet, in which a few members were dismissed, but the Minister of Finance was allowed to remain in the post. Yet he decides to leave today. Allegedly, Javid refused to dismiss all his advisers, which he was asked to do.
Other ministers such as Andrea Leadsom, Minister of Economy, and Esther McVey, Minister of Housing, lost their positions in Boris Johnson’s rescheduling.
The minister responsible for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, is also allowed to pack, just like attorney general Geoffrey Cox.
The resignation of Northern Ireland Minister Smith has been poorly received in Ireland, where Prime Minister Leo Varadkar regrets the resignation: “Julian helped to get Northern Ireland’s political heart back, Stormont, back on track.
He also helped set a hard line between Ireland and Northern Ireland “. The minister is succeeded by Brandon Lewis.