Cabinet shock: Boris set to bury hatchet with key minister and hand them plum job
The Tory leadership favourite is in a head-to-head battle with Jeremy Hunt but is the huge favourite to take over from Theresa May as Prime Minister. This will likely see a huge Cabinet reshuffle, with several prominent ministers promising to quit if Boris Johnson is elected as the next leader of the country. These include Chancellor Philip Hammond, who said earlier today he will quit the Government if the former Foreign Secretary is triumphant in the ballot of more than 160,000 Tory members.
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Mr Hammond, who has been in his position for three years, stated he could not “accept” a no deal Brexit proposed my Mr Johnson.
He has also refused to rule out voting against the Government in a confidence motion – if the next Prime Minister proceeds taking the UK out of the European Union without an agreement in place.
Mr Johnson has repeated Britain will leave the bloc on October 31 without or without a deal, “do or die”.
But he could be willing to resolve differences with one key minister as he quickly looks to rebuild the Cabinet.
The leadership frontrunner is keen to give Michael Gove a significant role, even though the Environment Secretary scuppered his last leadership bid in 2016, The Sun has reported.
Mr Gove’s allies had feared Mr Johnson would axe him from his newly-built Cabinet, but there could yet still be a prominent position available too him.
A source told The Sun: “If Boris is elected leader his first task will be to build a team using the best available talent and Michael is a man of outstanding ability. It won’t be wasted.”
The Environment Secretary was also in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and thus replace Theresa May as Prime Minister, but he was eliminated from the voting in the penultimate round.
Mr Johnson could oust more than a dozen Cabinet ministers if he wins the Tory leadership race on Tuesday, meaning a return for many forced out for failing to back Theresa May’s hated Brexit deal.
Priti Patel and Nicky Morgan, who were both sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May, have been hotly tipped to make a return to the front benchers.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who has given his backing to Mr Johnson, is favourite to replace Philip Hammond as Chancellor.
Brexiteers Dominic Raab, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom, who were all ousted for their opposition to Mrs May’s Brexit deal, are also expected to return.
An ally told The Sun: “Boris will have to hit the ground running.
“From the moment he sees the Queen on Wednesday he’ll be working flat-out to build a team that will get straight to work.
“There will be no time to waste with just 100 days until the Brexit deadline.”
Several new faces could also join the front benches, including Brexit minister James Cleverly, who was involved at the start of the Tory leadership race and is a supporter of Mr Johnson.
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