Boris Johnson was officially sworn in as Prime minister by the Queen at Buckingham Palace last Wednesday afternoon. But just hours later he began to unveil a huge reshuffle in his newly-formed Cabinet, packing it with Brexiters and sacking of several experienced minister who had been deeply involved in the Brexit process over many months. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who lost out to his rival in the leadership race, refused a demotion and was swiftly replaced by former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who had been tasked with securing dozens of global trade deals under Theresa May, was ousted in favour of former Treasury Secretary Liz Truss.
Penny Mordaunt was replaced by Ben Wallace as Defence Secretary – after the role was initially turned down by Mr Hunt.
Between them, the ousted Cabinet members have 50 years of ministerial experience between them.
Now former Conservative leader William Hague has warned Mr Johnson “some seeds of future trouble were unnecessarily sown” with the appointment of some Cabinet members.
He warned the Prime Minister “will come to regret” sacking the Cabinet trio.
Mr Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “It was, however, also in the naming of the Cabinet that some seeds of future trouble were unnecessarily sown.
“There were several incumbent ministers who were excluded because they cannot subscribe to the new approach to Brexit – fair enough.
“But others were experienced ministers who were doing a good job and could have been very useful allies in the tempestuous weeks to come.
“The removal of Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox and Jeremy Hunt from their briefs will be something, at an unknown stage in the future, that the new Prime Minister will come to regret.”
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