Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings will quit his role “by Christmas,” according to the BBC‘s Laura Kuenssberg.
Cummings has been the lynchpin of Johnson’s Downing Street operation, according to several people who have worked with the two men, and many in the prime minister’s team, like Cummings, are veterans of the 2016 Brexit referendum Vote Leave campaign.
Relations in Downing Street have broken down in recent weeks and Cummings was reportedly furious at the resignation of Director of Communications Lee Cain on Wednesday. Cain was a long-time ally of Cummings, having worked together on Vote Leave, with Kuenssberg reporting there was no doubt that Cummings’ departure was “accelerated by turmoil in No. 10 in recent days.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Breakfast he was “not particularly surprised” by Cummings’ plan to quit because “with Brexit and the transition period finally being over […] there is a sort of natural moment here which […] his job will probably be largely done.”
Labour MP David Lammy tweeted “[it’s like] rats fleeing a sinking ship. Dominic Cummings has been one of the most malign influences on the Brit