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Johnson reshuffles cabinet ahead of European Union deal

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Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 13:12

Javid had fallen out with Boris Johnson's most senior adviser Dominic Cummings, after resisting plans to increase borrowing.

Both women, along with Mr Javid, had been among the contenders in the Conservative leadership content last July that was won by Mr Johnson.

Paul Dales, chief United Kingdom economist at Capital Economics, said: 'The unexpected resignation of Sajid Javid and the promotion of Rishi Sunak could mean that fiscal policy will provide an even bigger boost to GDP growth over the next few years than we already expected.

The prime minister ordered Javid to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by 10 Downing Street if he wanted to remain in his post - conditions he said he was "unable to accept".

Javid smiled as he entered the prime minister's 10 Downing St. office on Thursday morning to meet Johnson along with other ministers who were being promoted or kept in place. And even with a deal, the United Kingdom faces a huge adjustment when decades of seamless trade and travel with the European Union end at the start of 2021.

"He has turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer", a source close to Mr Javid said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were all confirmed in their existing roles.

Former culture secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan had already said she was leaving her role, while Leadsom, Villiers and McVey were all sacked.

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Gavin Williamson remains in his post as Education Secretary. But the price of the push against Sajid Javid has been very high and the question for No. 10 is whether, at the end of this moment, the government looks more powerful or out of control.

"You have been such an effective secretary of state for Northern Ireland at a time of real challenge and risk", he said.

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

Julian Smith was also sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary - weeks after he brokered the deal that restored the power-sharing administration in Stormont.

As well as reworking his Cabinet, Johnson appointed a new leader for the United Nations climate change conference that Britain is due to host later this year.

Planning for that has got off to a rocky start, with Johnson last week firing Claire O'Neill, a former British government minister appointed previous year to head up the event.

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, due to take place in Glasgow in November.