UK: What’s behind the enigmatic departure of Boris Johnson’s star adviser?

First modification: 11/14/2020 – 03:33

The unexpected slam of the door on Friday by Dominic Cummings, the British prime minister’s closest adviser, precipitated a disaster within the Government that brought out the enormous tensions that Downing Avenue is going through.

Cardboard box in hand: a sign of those who are leaving and never coming back. This is how Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s main advisor, of the famous Number 10 Downing Avenue, came out this Friday, November 13, 2020.

Dominic Cummings, 48, left the British leader’s official residence days after his close ally, communications director Lee Cain, announced his departure.

Speculation abounded in the halls of Westminster, as cited by various news agencies, that Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds lined up with Johnson’s new press secretary, Allegra Stratton, to oust Cain, much to the chagrin of Cummings, who then threatened to quit. And he did it.

But his departure left a broader blanket of doubt among those who have closely followed his close relationship with Boris Johnson. Cummings is considered not only the most powerful adviser to the cabinet, but the “brain” behind the referendum that led to Brexit.

A faster exit than anticipated

Hours before being captured by the cameras outside the British leader’s office, Cummings’ intentions to leave office at the end of December had become known, when the deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, with or without, expires. a business agreement.

But something must have happened on Friday so that, in the afternoon, the “supersensor” packed his things and left Number 10 among the flashes of the photographers.

The government said Cummings would continue to work for Johnson until mid-December, but did not make clear in what position and if he would return to the building. The British media assume that there was an abrupt culmination of that relationship.

The departure of Johnson’s right-hand man marks one of the most significant changes in the prime minister’s inner circle to date: Cummings was viewed by some as his “brain,” a figure who wielded elementary influence.

In addition, he planned the 2016 Brexit referendum vote and Johnson’s landslide election victory in 2019. Indeed, there are those who see Cummings’ departure as an early termination of talks on a trade deal with Brussels.

It’s effectively documented that I’ve by no means preferred Dominic Cummings however he has backed Brexit.

Seeing him go away Quantity 10 carrying a cardboard field tells me a Brexit sell-out is shut.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 13, 2020

With Reuters and EFE

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