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Dominic Cummings will leave his role as special adviser to the Prime Minister next month following a power struggle which has sent shockwaves through Westminster. Dramatic pictures emerged on Friday night of Mr Cummings storming out of the front door of Number 10 holding a box of his belongings.
His sudden exit comes less than 48 hours after fellow Vote Leave architect Lee Cain announced he will step down as Number 10 communications chief.
Mr Cain, who has previously worked as the press officer to the Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum, said he had been offered the position of Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson is understood to have held a 45 minute showdown with the pair on Friday and accused them of destabilising the Government.
The Prime Minister is also thought to have accused them of briefing against him and his partner, Carrie Symonds, and showed the duo text messages.
According to reports, Mr Cummings also told colleagues the Prime Minister was “indecisive” and he and Mr Cain, relied on fellow Brexiteer and long term ally Michael Gove for clarity.
Downing Street has confirmed Sir Edward Lister, an ally of Mr Johnson since his days at city hall, as the interim Chief of Staff.
Remainers Sajid Javid and George Osborne are both understood to be in the running for the permanent role.
The former chancellors were both ardent supporters of the UK remaining in the EU during the referendum.
The huge shake-up at the heart of Government comes just days before the EU’s deadline of November 19 to reach a trade deal.
Nigel Farage has warned the departure of Mr Cummings from Downing Street could trigger a “Brexit sell-out”.
The stark warning from the Brexit Party leader come despite the two men failing to see eye-to-eye.
Mr Farage famously ran a rival Brexit campaign to Mr Cummings’ Vote Leave during the EU referendum.
In a post on Twitter, he said: “It is well documented that I have never liked Dominic Cummings but he has backed Brexit.
“Seeing him leave Number 10 carrying a cardboard box tells me a Brexit sell-out is close.”
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis claimed influential figures inside Downing Street including the Prime Minister’s new spokesman Allegra Stratton and Ms Symonds “turned on” Mr Cummings.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said “It is said… people ranging from Allegra – the new spokesman for the Prime Minister – right through to his fiancee, Carrie, turned against him.
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“The relationship with the Prime Minister fell off a cliff. And once that’s gone, it’s gone.”
Mr Davis insisted the new Chief of Staff should be “fiercely efficient but not fiercely political” and “someone who doesn’t have their own agenda”.
Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Liaison Committee, added there is a now an “opportunity to reset how the Government”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he added: “I’m not surprised in a way that it is ending in the way it is. No prime minister can afford a single adviser to become a running story, dominating his Government’s communications and crowding out the proper messages the Government wants to convey.
“Nobody is indispensable.”
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