More pro-Brexit voices tipped for cabinet reshuffle today
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 14, 2018,
Jan 14, 2018, 23:27
It was acknowledged from the start in London that, although the reshuffle theoretically gave Mrs May the chance to improve the workings of government and tighten control over her Cabinet, the fact that the Prime Minister does not enjoy an overall majority in Parliament means her ability to appoint and dismiss ministers would always be limited.
New secretaries of state in education and business are expected to be announced today as Theresa May freshens her cabinet in an attempt to convince voters that the Conservatives have the energy, ideas and talent for government.
Dr. John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde and Fellow of The British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences, told Radio Sputnik that the prime minister apparently pursued two objectives by performing this reshuffling.
Farage asked for the meeting after Barnier met with anti-Brexit British politicians previous year, including Andrew Adonis, from the opposition Labour party, who had advised May on Brexit until he resigned from his post in December in protest at her appeasement of hard eurosceptics.
Undoubtedly, the Prime Minister is hoping the New Year reshuffle will help bring more confidence to her leadership and ensure Brexit talks stay on track throughout 2018.
The most senior government ministers - including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and Treasury chief Philip Hammond - all kept their jobs.
Several ministers may receive promotions, while a handful of MPs are anticipated to join the cabinet.
Mrs May faces the second year of her premiership with renewed calls for her to leave the European Union without a deal as it becomes clear that the exit agreement won't include much detail on the future relationship, and lawmakers and voters will wonder what the United Kingdom is getting in return for its £40billion exit bill.
James Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons, while Justice Secretary David Lidington moved to the Cabinet Office replacing Damian Green who resigned over allegations of sexual harassment.
Financial investors will be keen to see how her cabinet reshuffle affects the markets, with many hesitant to make any moves until more ground is made in Brexit talks.
Sir Patrick McLoughlin will be dismissed as Tory party chairman and his replacement ordered to take charge of an overhaul of party operations after last year's election failure.
Mr Lidington has been appointed to the role left vacant by the sacking of Damian Green, who lied about having pornographic images on his computer.
Greening's resignation later yesterday is likely to be viewed as a challenge to May's authority, while media reports suggest that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also refused a request to move - and so stays on. "I'm not someone who quits, I'm here for long term", he said at BBC.
But pressed on whether she would still be there the next time the country goes to the polls, she appeared to acknowledge that the decision may not be entirely down to her, saying: "Obviously I serve as long as people want me to serve".
Downing Street sources indicated that it would continue into a second day on Tuesday, with the middle-ranking and junior ministerial appointments.