UK finance minister Sajid Javid resigns

Boris Johnson reshuffles his government. Rishi Sunak to replace Javid

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Finance minister Sajid Javid resigned on Thursday in a surprise move that shattered Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s choreographed reshuffle of his government and raised questions over his leadership team.

Johnson’s team had wanted to keep Britain’s biggest-hitting ministers in the post, but Javid’s reported resignation over what one political editor said was a disagreement over his advisers has thrown the prime minister’s plans off-kilter.

“The PM said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with No 10 special advisers to make it one team. The Chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms.”

Rishi Sunak, who previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was appointed to replace Javid as the country’s new finance minister, the prime minister’s office announced on Twitter.

Johnson had wanted to preside over a reshuffle that would stamp his authority over a government he hoped would deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit and heal the divisions in his Conservative Party and the country.