In shake-up of UK Cabinet, Treasury chief resigns post
LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tightened his grip on the government Thursday with a Cabinet shake-up that triggered the unexpected resignation of his Treasury chief, the second-most powerful figure in the administration.
Sajid Javid’s resignation was the most dramatic moment in a shuffle that saw Johnson fire a handful of Cabinet members he viewed as underperforming or untrustworthy, and promote loyal lawmakers.
Speaking later, Javid said Johnson had asked him to fire all his aides and replace them with staff approved by the prime minister’s office.
“I don’t believe any selfrespecting minister would accept such conditions,” Javid said.
Johnson quickly replaced him with Rishi Sunak, who had previously been a Javid deputy.