Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2020

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson assembles DREAM TEAM with historic first – Brexiteers delighted | Politics | News

Mr Johnson himself, along with his new chancellor Rishi Sunak, foreign secretary Dominic Raab and home secretary Priti Patel, all voted leave in the 2016 EU referendum. Mr Sunak was an unexpected replacement as Chancellor after Said dramatically stepped down from the role yesterday.

Mr Javid was ordered to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by Number 10.

But the former chancellor chose to quit instead.

Mr Javid accused the Prime Minister of setting conditions “any self-respecting minister” would reject.

This was seen as a thinly veiled swipe at his successor.

And he told Mr Johnson in his resignation letter that he believed it was “important as leaders to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with”.

Elsewhere, Andrea Leadsom was sacked as business secretary and Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary.

Geoffrey Cox was removed from his post as attorney general and Esther McVey lost her role as housing minister.

The total number of women attending Cabinet fell from eight to seven.

And the total number of ministers attending shrank from 32 to 26.


7.48am update: Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade talks with Donald Trump postponed

Mr Johnson has delayed a trip to the US to meet the US President. so he can stay at home to focus on delivering his domestic agenda, the Sun newspaper reported late on Thursday.

The decision to delay the trip would be a further blow to relations between the close allies who are set to begin discussing a trade deal, now that the UK has left the European Union.

The countries are divided on several issues, including Britain’s decision to allow the Chinese telecoms company Huawei a limited role in its mobile network, a proposed digital services tax, and the Iran nuclear deal.

Mr Johnson was expected to visit Washington early this year.

This has now been postponed until June when a summit of G7 leaders is due, according to the newspaper.

Downing Street has not yet provided a comment.

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