Political Analyst Explains the Real Goals of Theresa May's Cabinet Reshuffle


May's Cabinet reshuffle was more limited than expected with the big names all keeping their jobs, including the gaffe-prone Boris Johnson keeping his position as Foreign Secretary, the newly promoted Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson staying on and Philip Hammond hanging on as Chancellor of the Exchequer after his Autumn Statement, or budget, was received well by Tory MPs.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is strongly tipped to take the job of Damian Green, but reports have suggested that May is reluctant to move him in the midst of an NHS winter crisis.

The PM has been forced to make changes to her top team following Damian Green's resignation last month as "deputy PM", after he admitted lying about the alleged discovery of pornographic images on his Commons computer during a police raid.

Theresa May, centre, with the new Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis, left, and his deputy James Cleverly right.

The reshuffle took on a freaky twist Monday morning as the official Conservative party Twitter account tweeted an image congratulating Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling on becoming the chairman of the Conservative party.

Britain is due to leave the bloc in March 2019, and although it has reached agreement on the key separation issues, the toughest talks on the future relationship have yet to begin.

But alongside Leadsom, Education Secretary Justine Greening, Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin and Business Secretary Greg Clark are vulnerable.

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May will switch up her Cabinet on Monday, Downing Street has confirmed.

After the breakthrough in the December negotiations, the expectations for Hard Brexit are now smaller.

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Dominic Raab: A vociferous supporter of the Leave campaign, promoting the Justice Minister would be a way for Mrs May to get another pro-Brexit voice into her Cabinet.

May was reportedly set to create a new "no-deal" cabinet post on Monday with responsibility to prepare for a possible breakdown in the talks.

In the letter, obtained by The Financial Times, Davis warns May that European Union agencies have issued guidance to businesses stating that the United Kingdom will become a "third country" after Brexit in March 2019, with no reference to a future trade deal sought by both sides.

Brexit secretary David Davis wrote to Theresa May last month claiming that the EU's plans could jeopardise contracts and force firms to relocate to the continent, according to the FT.

Losing the only gay minister in the cabinet threatens what May hoped to be the narrative of her reshuffle: that she was ushering in a new, more diverse team to counter accusations that the Conservative Party is out of touch.

For her part Greening said in a tweet that educational issues like social mobility matter "more than my ministerial career", and vowed to continue to work for young people as a member of parliament. Not only was she safe until Brexit was completed, they said, the negotiations could so enhance and fix her reputation that she might yet lead her party into the 2022 election.

He was replaced by Karen Bradley, who had been serving as culture secretary.

"It allows a new generation of gifted ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole United Kingdom", she said in a statement.