The Minister british of Finance, Sajid Javid, presented unexpectedly this Thursday resignation, as confirmed by his spokesman, the same day the chief executive, Boris johnson, holds the main readjustment of the government since his electoral victory last December.
The resignation of the head of the British Economy has fallen as a surprise, as Johnson was expected to keep Javid in that portfolio. Javid's replacement in that portfolio will be Rishi Sunak, until now the head of the Treasury and number two so far of the ministry.
Among the first low Of the Cabinet already confirmed they appear the minister for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, the hitherto head of Business and former rival for the leadership of the party, Andrea Leadsom, and the person in charge of Environment, Theresa Villiers.
Among the names that remain, for now would be Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Interior Secretary Priti Patel and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancester, Michael Gove.
Javid's resignation comes after it came to light that he had clashes with Johnson's powerful advisor, Dominic Cummings.
A spokesman for Javid explained to the AP agency that the prime minister had told him that “he had to fire all of his special advisors and replace them with special advisors of number 10 to form a single team.” “No minister who respects himself would accept those terms,” the source said.
Regarding the remodeling, the changes are not expected to be as explosive as some commentators had suggested, following Cummings' well-known desire to carry out a radical reorganization of the government.
Instead, a source from his office said Johnson will seek to welcome new talent, especially among women, in the second ranks of the government, while rewarding loyalists who helped him achieve a large majority in the elections of the year. past.
“The prime minister wants this reorganization to lay the foundations for the government now and in the future,” said a source at his office on Downing Street. ”He wants to promote a generation of talent that will be promoted more in the coming years. It will reward parliamentarians who worked hard to meet the priorities of their government to raise the level across the country and meet the change for which people voted last year, ”he added.
Several high conservative positions had indicated that now is not the time to execute the radical transformation of the government that many had anticipated. This would be costly, they said, as well as disruptive at a time when Johnson must maintain good relations with the voters who granted him such a large majority, many of them traditional followers of the main opposition formation, the Labor Party.