Cabinet reshuffle: Chancellor Sajid Javid in shock resignation over special advisers

Sajid Javid resigns after Number 10 orders him to sack his aides | Latest Brexit news and top stories

Sajid Javid quit as Britain's finance minister on Thursday just weeks before the scheduled annual budget statement, in a shock move provoked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts to shake up his cabinet after Brexit.

Mr Javid said it was a condition which "no self respecting minister would accept".

Javid resigning from his post assumes significance just one month before he was to present the crucial budget.

Shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled the British Cabinet, three Parliamentarians of Indian-origin, including new Home Secretary Priti Patel today secured cabinet seats for themselves in the Parliament.

"He has turned down the job of chancellor of the Exchequer", a source close to Mr Javid told the BBC.

But the finance minister's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team - due to a dispute over Javid's advisers added to the picture that the prime minister will not tolerate dissent in his government.

"The chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms".

Mr Javid has been replaced in his role by Rishi Sunak, who was previously chief secretary to the Treasury.

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Esther McVey was sacked as housing minister and Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary.

Former Brexit minister Steve Barclay took over Sunak's position as chief secretary to the Treasury.

John McDonnell, finance spokesperson for the main opposition Labour Party, described the reshuffle as chaos.

He regularly does media interviews on behalf of the government and had even stood in for Johnson in some television debates during last year's election campaign.

Meanwhile, the report said that Geoffrey Cox, UK's attorney general, has also tendered his resignation. Others were promoted, including Suella Braverman to the position of attorney general and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the post of global development secretary.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and justice secretary Robert Buckland were all confirmed in their existing roles.

The government said Thursday that Alok Sharma, previously in charge of global development, would become business secretary and also take charge of COP26.

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