Boris Johnson shuffles cabinet, British finance minister Javid resigns

Boris Johnson's delayed Washington trip could spoil US-UK ties

Boris Johnson's delayed Washington trip could spoil US-UK ties

Sajid Javid has resigned as chancellor after being asked by Boris Johnson to sack all of his advisers.

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

The resignation bombshell from Javid comes as Johnson has made a number of post-election changes to his cabinet with some high-profile ministers falling victim to the prime minister's cull.

"He has turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer [finance minister]", a source close to Javid said.

Javid, who has served as chancellor since July when Johnson was first appointed prime minister, was set to deliver the government's first budget within the 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. His resignation shakes the government as it faces the challenge of negotiating a new relationship with the 27-country European Union by Johnson's self-imposed deadline of the end of 2020. He was joined by business minister Andrea Leadsom and environment minister Theresa Villiers. His office said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove were all staying. Others were promoted, including Suella Braverman to the position of attorney general and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the post of global development secretary.

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.

When it works, they look powerful.

Ultra-loyal Alok Sharma, a former minister for worldwide development, was appointed as the new minister for business and also the head of the COP26 climate change summit, when world leaders will travel to Scotland in November.

Planning 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.

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