High aide mentioned ousting Boris Johnson simply after 2019 election win
Dominic Cummings and his allies within the British authorities talked about making an attempt to “get rid” of Boris Johnson days after he secured a landslide election win, the U.Ok. prime minister’s former chief aide mentioned Tuesday.
Cummings has attacked the federal government and his former boss in a lot of broadsides since leaving authorities final yr, together with in entrance of a committee of MPs and through an impartial e-newsletter.
In his newest strike, an interview with the BBC airing Tuesday night time, Cummings mentioned that by January 2020 he had began to imagine Johnson’s spouse Carrie Johnson was making an attempt to take away him “and appoint full clowns to sure key jobs.” He claimed that round this time he and his allies thought that in the event that they hadn’t left Downing Avenue by the summer time, they might be “within the strategy of making an attempt to eliminate [Johnson] and get another person in as prime minister.”
“[Johnson] doesn’t have a plan, he doesn’t know how one can be prime minister,” Cummings mentioned. “We solely obtained him in there as a result of we needed to clear up a sure downside, not as a result of he was the precise particular person to be operating the nation.”
Requested by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg if he noticed something fallacious with successful an election after which unelected officers virtually instantly discussing eliminating the prime minister, he replied: “That’s politics.”
The prime minister’s spouse has come below explicit assault from Cummings.
The previous aide mentioned Carrie Johnson had initially been happy to have former members of the Vote Go away marketing campaign, which received the U.Ok.’s 2016 Brexit referendum, working in Downing Avenue however later modified her thoughts.
A Downing Avenue spokesperson informed the BBC: “Political appointments are solely made by the prime minister.”
The professional-Brexit Cummings additionally mentioned that “no-one on Earth” could possibly be sure the U.Ok. had made the precise choice to go away the EU, although he confirmed he nonetheless thinks “it’s good that Brexit occurred.”