The fall of Boris Johnson’s “political brain”

INVESTIGATION – With the departure of his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, the British Prime Minister is cutting himself off from the Brexit architect and his election victory. Perhaps the beginning of a less brutal “Johnson II” era for the administration, Tory MPs and the EU.

Dominic Cummings leaves 10 Downing Street last Friday.
Dominic Cummings leaves 10 Downing Street last Friday. HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS

Correspondent in London

What seemed unthinkable just a few moons ago happened. It was thought that Boris Johnson could not do without him, rule without him, breathe without him almost. Yet the prime minister has parted ways “Political brain”, its main advisor, the architect of its victory and its strategy. Dominic Cummings, the most sulphurous political figure in the kingdom, has left Downing Street. A new twist in the Johnson saga. And undoubtedly a major turning point in his mandate. In recent days, the Clan Wars had intensified and brought to light in Downing Street. The trigger was the resignation of communications director Lee Cain, a relative of Cummings, after his promotion to chief of staff was blocked.

This is the faction «Vote Leave» within power which suddenly finds itself under fire, these tough Brexiters losing the overwhelming influence they had since Johnson came to power.

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