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U.K. Treasury chief Sajid Javid quits as PM Boris Johnson shakes up Cabinet

British finance minister Sajid Javid resigned on Thursday, a surprise move that underlined Prime Minister Boris Johnson's desire to tighten his grip on government by jettisoning a minister who refused to toe the line.

Sunak was until now Javid's junior as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and seen as a rising star within the Cabinet.

Javid's resignation follows reports he had clashed with Johnson's powerful advisor, Dominic Cummings, a self-styled political disruptor who is mistrusted by many lawmakers and officials.

She held an global development secretary portfolio in the former Prime Minister Theresa May government but she was forced to resign for a highly ill-advised freelance trip to Israel.

It's understood that Javid - who has served as Britain's finance minister since July 2019 - made a decision to quit his role after refusing No 10's request to sack his advisers, according to several media reports.

With this, there are now three MPs of Indian-origin in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Cabinet.

The PM Johnson on Friday carried out a reshuffle of ministers however no Pakistani British MP from among the party has been appointed as minister to replace Javid reinforcing the perception that party did not feel the need to improve their relationships with British Muslims.

So far, the two sides are far apart in their demands.

Now his Conservative administration faces the even bigger challenge of negotiating a new trading relationship with the European Union while also seeking trade deals with the United States and other countries.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne attend a joint press conference in Canberra

Johnson's office had earlier said the Cabinet changes would be modest, and apart from Javid most senior ministers kept their jobs.

Smith was the first minister to lose his job in the reshuffle and was later joined by business minister Andrea Leadsom and environment minister Theresa Villiers.

- Geoffrey Cox was sacked as attorney general.

His sacking of Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith, who only a month ago had helped broker the restoration of a government in the British province, prompted criticism from politicians north and south of the border with Ireland.

After pressure from the British and Irish governments, the main Irish nationalist and British unionist power-sharing parties returned to work last month.

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.

Brandon Lewis was appointed as Northern Ireland Secretary. The summit, known as the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November.

The 47-year-old Priti Patel has been appointed as the Home Minister.



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