UPDATED 3:47 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020
Several of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet members are resigning or being let go as post-Brexit negotiations get underway. The prime minister started a major cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, while his government began preparations to tackle trading terms with the EU following its departure from the bloc.
One of the most surprising resignations among senior officials was Treasury Chief Sajid Javid, who said he would not listen to orders to fire his team of aides.
It has been a privilege to serve as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Prime Minister & government will continue to have my full support from the backbenches. pic.twitter.com/cFo0fuaqv2
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) February 13, 2020
Other big names leaving are Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Northern Ireland Minister Julian Smith, who helped end the country’s political stalemate.
“I think the prime minister has to choose who’s in the cabinet, who serves,” stated Smith. “We’ve done a lot of really good stuff (and) there’s a lot more to do, but that’s up to the prime minister.”
Johnson is now appointing several new ministers to his cabinet in hopes of making a deal with the EU by the end of this year.