Boris Johnson clears out top levels of government in radical reshaping

Boris Johnson clears out top levels of government in radical reshaping, by Jacquelin Magnay.

Boris Johnson has cleared out the top levels of British government with the removal of at least 17 senior ministers as he radically reshapes a pro-Brexit Cabinet amid warnings to “gloomsters’’ that the time had come to act and leave the European Union.

In a dramatic series of moves this morning Mr Johnson culled his Cabinet of any Remainers, supporters of his rival Jeremy Hunt and anyone who is not behind his Brexit vision. …

The move — which have claimed more than half of the previous Cabinet — has very forcefully revealed Mr Johnson’s hand: that he intends to take a very aggressive approach to Brexit, and somehow circumvent the problematic divisions of the Tory party in driving through the country’s departure from the European Union. …

Arch Brexiteers have been given the plum posts, including former home secretary Sajid Javid who has been appointed Chancellor and a former foreign legal Adviser Dominic Raab who has been given the crucial foreign secretary post. …

The right wing Priti Patel, who had to resign from the Theresa May cabinet for having unofficial meetings with Israeli officials, has been brought back into the fold and confirmed as the Home Secretary. …

Mr Johnson went much further than expected, either sacking or encouraging the resignation of anyone who had previously supported the Withdrawal Agreement pushed by the European Union and former prime minister Theresa May.

Brexit or bust:

In a message clearly marked for a Brussels audience as well as for the nation, Mr Johnson said: “We will come out of the EU on October 31st — because in the end Brexit was a fundamental decision by the British people that they wanted their laws made by people that they can elect and they can remove from office’’.

He said there was a “remote possibility’’ that Brussels will refuse to negotiate further, but reminded the country that if there was a no-deal outcome “we will have the extra lubrication of the £39 billion’’.

Radical changes get harder as each day in office passes. If you are going to make big changes as a new leader, do it immediately. Way to go Boris!