News analysis

Johnson's reshuffle may leave lasting impact

But whether his bid to control all ministerial departments can work remains to be seen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson started this week with plans for a modest reshuffle of his Cabinet. But he ends the week facing a major political earthquake: the unexpected resignation of Finance Minister Sajid Javid, the Cabinet's most important minister.

In the short term, the surprising loss of Mr Javid will not dent Mr Johnson's hold on power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Johnson's reshuffle may leave lasting impact'. Subscribe