Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mei is planning a reshuffle in the British government

Mei is planning a reshuffle in the British government

The most senior foreign, finance and Brexit ministers were expected to keep their jobs, but many others were expected to move in a reshuffle sparked by the sacking of May's deputy last month. In pools of candidates for promotion is Jeremy Hunt, health-care owner since 2012 and longest-running minister, despite criticism of crisis experienced by public hospitals this winter.

This news was followed by the departure from cabinet Sir Patrick McLoughlin, and his replacement with Brandon Lewis, who has become the new Chairman of the Conservative Party and sits in the cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

Green was third high office of his Government forced to leave office in less than two months, after Defense Minister Michael Fallon, embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, and Priti Patel, Minister of International Development, who remained committed Meetings with Israeli officials behind prime minister's back.

Lewis had until today been the Minister of State for Immigration and was the first minister to have been summoned to No.10 to meet with the Prime Minister this morning.

David Davis's leaked letter to Prime Minister Theresa May that the European Union is discriminating against the United Kingdom and damaging its economic interests by preparing for a no-deal scenario in March 2019 has been met with accusations of hypocrisy in Brussels.

The reorganization will extend through Tuesday, when there could be a clutch of new mid-ranking ministers, commentators said.

Education Secretary Justine Greening becomes the fourth minister to leave the cabinet since November, after resisting a request to move to the welfare and pensions ministry.

After the breakthrough in the December negotiations, the expectations for Hard Brexit are now smaller.

While viewed as a chance at a fresh start, the reshuffle brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers.

Ms. May's Downing Street office also said that widespread reports that Cabinet Ministers would discover their fate on Monday were not inaccurate.

Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, kept his job at the foreign office, despite challenging May's strategy in 2017, as did fellow eurosceptic Liam Fox, the worldwide trade minister.

With the top jobs set on Monday, she plans to use Tuesday to promote younger figures to more junior jobs, with more opportunities for women and members of ethnic minorities.

The new minister will work with David Davis, the UK's chief negotiator for Brexit.

He said he would urge the European Commission's Brexit taskforce to withdraw the statements made so far, in light of the deal reached in December to begin trade negotiations.

Former justice secretary David Lidington took over the policy coordination role previously held by Green but did not inherit the title of May's deputy.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, who failed to secure a deal to restore the power-sharing government in Belfast after it collapsed a year ago, stepped down for health reasons Monday and has been replaced by culture minister Karen Bradley.

Greg Clark: Although talk of the Business Secretary being replaced by Boris Johnson may have been premature, if the department changes significantly his services may no longer be needed.

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