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UK Finance Minister quits as PM Boris Johnson reshuffles cabinet

UK Finance Minister quits as PM Boris Johnson reshuffles cabinetJust weeks after Britain finally left the EU as part of the Brexit process, UK finance minister Sajid Javid resigned from his post. Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle comes as post-Brexit negotiations with the EU heat up.
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Just weeks after Britain finally left the EU as part of the Brexit process, UK finance minister Sajid Javid resigned from his post. Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle comes as post-Brexit negotiations with the EU heat up.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson began reshaping his government on Thursday, in hopes of tightening his grip on power. The UK leader is seeking a team that will help him deliver his vision for Brexit.

In a surprise move, Britain's finance minister, Sajid Javid, submitted his resignation just weeks after Brexit and one month before he was set to deliver the government's annual budget.

Seeking to minimize any disruption from the cabinet reshuffle, Johnson quickly announced the appointment of Javid's deputy Rishi Sunak, as a replacement. Nonetheless, Javids surprise departure caused the value of the pound to dip.

Johnsons cabinet shuffle included the removal of Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Housing Minister Esther McVey, all high-profile women in the administration.

The UK PM has also sacked Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who had been widely praised for helping to end a political deadlock that left Northern Ireland without a regional government and assembly for three years.

Among the cabinet members who are keeping their posts were Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove.

British opposition politicians criticized Johnsons cabinet reshuffle, saying it was a mess.

"This is a historical record. A government in chaos within weeks of an election," said John McDonnell, finance spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party.


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