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UK’s Top Senior Civil Servant Steps Down as Johnson Adviser Seeks Change

FILE PHOTO: Mark Sedwill, the highest civil servant at Britain’s Home Office leaves the Houses of Parliament after giving proof at a Commons Home Affairs Select Committee listening to in London July 8, 2014. (REUTERS)

Johnson’s workplace launched a letter wherein he thanked Sedwill for his “outstanding service”, and requested him to guide a brand new G7 panel on world financial safety as Britain assumes the presidency of the wealthy nations’ group.

  • Reuters London
  • Last Updated: June 29, 2020, 12:08 PM IST

Britain’s most senior civil servant stepped down on Sunday after stories of clashes with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s high political adviser, half of what’s anticipated to be a wider shake up of officers on the coronary heart of energy.

Johnson’s senior political adviser, Dominic Cummings, has lengthy been important of the civil service, saying authorities shouldn’t be nimble sufficient to ship change. Some newspapers reported he warned aides final week {that a} “hard rain is going to fall”.

Mark Sedwill, a profession diplomat, was appointed cupboard secretary and nationwide safety adviser by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. In a letter to Johnson launched on Sunday, he wrote that, having stayed on for “the acute phase of the Covid-19 crisis,” he was now leaving as “the government’s focus is now shifting to domestic and global recovery and renewal”.

Johnson’s workplace launched a letter wherein he thanked Sedwill for his “outstanding service”, and requested him to guide a brand new G7 panel on world financial safety as Britain assumes the presidency of the wealthy nations’ group.

David Frost, Britain’s chief negotiator with the European Union, will exchange Sedwill as nationwide safety adviser and that there might be a contest to nominate a brand new cupboard secretary and head of the civil service.

Johnson’s group has been criticised over its response to the coronavirus disaster, blamed by opposition events and a few scientists for being too sluggish to deal with the pandemic. Britain now has one of many world’s highest demise tolls from the disaster.

Sedwill additionally bore the brunt of criticism from Brexit supporters throughout Britain’s earlier negotiations with the EU, with some Conservatives accusing him of not doing sufficient to arrange for a so-called no deal departure.

Earlier on Sunday, inside minister Priti Patel hinted that there might be adjustments.

“This is the people’s government, delivering on the people’s priorities, and effectively any reforming government will be based around the type of delivery that our prime minister wants to drive for our great country and obviously have the right kind of support around him to deliver that,” she advised Sky News.


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