British cabinet shake-up notable for who stays, not who goes

British cabinet shake-up notable for who stays, not who goes

May has been forced to make changes to her top team following the resignation last month of Damian Green as first secretary of state after he admitted to lying about the alleged discovery of pornographic images on his Commons computer during a police raid.

A new chairman of May's Conservative party was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be deleted and another man named for the post.

His replacement was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be nearly immediately deleted.

Greening had tried to refuse to switch jobs once before, when former Prime Minister David Cameron moved her from transport to worldwide development, according to an official familiar with past reshuffles.

"No wonder Theresa May's struggling to negotiate Brexit - she can't even organise a reshuffle", opposition Labour MP Stephen Kinnock swiftly tweeted.

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He also drew fire after a protester interrupted May's speech to the party conference in October - an address that was also marred by a coughing fit and a collapsing set.

May's room for manoeuvre is limited by heading a minority government and the need to maintain a delicate Cabinet balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers as major Brexit decisions loom.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who favours the United Kingdom remaining in the single market and customs union, said Mr Davis's words were "extraordinary" given the government had set aside £3.7bn to prepare the United Kingdom for the possibility of leaving without an agreement.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, is expected to keep his job despite challenging May's strategy previous year.

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Key figures in Cabinet - the foreign Ministry, interior Ministry, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Brexit - will remain in place.

After starting the two-year Brexit process in March last year, Britain struck a deal in December on the financial settlement with Brussels, as well as expatriate rights and the Irish border.

Ms. May moved to make changes to her team of top Ministers after ending a year ago with a deal to shift talks with the European Union (EU) to a second phase.

Theresa May would no doubt have liked to have reshaped her cabinet more - but while she is propped up by the DUP and has a party still split over Brexit, this is as much tinkering as she feels she is able to carry out.

And it got off to a dramatic start today as James Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary. He has failed to bring together feuding political parties in the British province, where the devolved government collapsed a year ago nearly to the day.

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