Boris Johnson has performed his first duty as the new British prime minister by sacking most of Britain's cabinet while several others announced their
Boris Johnson has performed his first duty as the new British prime minister by sacking most of Britain’s cabinet while several others announced their resignations.
Boris took office vowing to get a new divorce deal with the European Union or leave without one by 31 October. The former London mayor has pledged to break the political deadlock that has left Britain in crisis and forced his predecessor Theresa May to delay Brexit twice.
“We are going to fulfill the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts,” he declared outside Downing Street.
Watched on by his 31-year-old girlfriend Carrie Symonds, the 55-year-old leader said: “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters are going to get it wrong again”.
Boris Johnson on Tuesday was chosen to be the leader of the governing Conservative party by its members and was confirmed prime minister in a meeting on Wednesday with Queen Elizabeth II. His ascent is the culmination of a lifelong ambition for the politician who, with his jokes and absurd anecdotes, has enjoyed celebrity status in Britain for decades.
In a short speech before tendering her resignation to the queen earlier, Theresa May wished Mr Johnson “every good fortune”.
Here is a full list of who is in and out in his new cabinet
* Finance Secretary: Sajid Javid replaces Philip Hammond
* Interior Secretary: Priti Patel replaces Sajid Javid
* Foreign Secretary: Dominic Raab replaces Jeremy Hunt
* Brexit Secretary: Stephen Barclay (unchanged)
* Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Michael Gove replaces David Lidington
* Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace replaces Penny Mordaunt
* Trade Secretary: Liz Truss replaces Liam Fox
* Health Secretary: Matt Hancock (unchanged)
* Environment Secretary: Theresa Villiers replaces Michael Gove
* Education Secretary: Gavin Williamson replaces Damian Hinds
* Culture Secretary: Nicky Morgan replaces Jeremy Wright
* Business Secretary: Andrea Leadsom replaces Greg Clark
* Communities Secretary: Robert Jenrick replaces James Brokenshire
* Work and pensions Secretary: Amber Rudd (unchanged)
*Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor: Robert Buckland replaces David Gauke
* International development secretary: Alok Sharma replaces Rory Stewart
* Transport Secretary: Grant Shapps replaces Chris Grayling
* Wales Secretary: Alun Cairns (unchanged)
* Northern Ireland secretary: Julian Smith replaces Karen Bradley
* Scotland Secretary: Alister Jack replaces David Mundell
* Leader of the House of Lords: Natalie Evans (unchanged)
* Attorney-general: Geoffrey Cox (unchanged)
* Chief Secretary to the treasury: Rishi Sunak replaces Liz Truss
* Conservative Party Chairman: James Cleverly replaces Brandon Lewis
* Leader of the Commons: Jacob Rees-Mogg replaces Mel Stride
* Minister of State (Housing) attending cabinet: Esther McVey replaces Kit Malthouse
* Minister of State (home) attending cabinet: Brandon Lewis replaces Caroline Nokes
* Minister of State (business) attending cabinet: Jo Johnson replaces Chris Skidmore