He was the chief architect of the marketing campaign to take the UK out of the EU, however he has left the stage simply as Brexit”s future form is about to be decided.
Dominic Cummings, prime adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was pictured strolling out of 10 Downing Road by the entrance door on Friday evening, carrying a field.
His departure, which a authorities supply stated can be official from “mid-December”, follows the resignation earlier within the week of Lee Cain, Johnson’s director of communications. This got here amid stories of bitter arguments amongst rival factions additionally involving the prime minister’s fiancée Carrie Symonds.
Each Cain and Cummings labored collectively on the “Vote Go away” marketing campaign within the 2016 Brexit referendum that was largely fronted by Johnson.
Their exit comes as negotiations between London and Brussels to conclude a deal on commerce and future relations go right down to the wire. The post-Brexit transition interval expires on December 31 and any settlement wants time to be ratified and for preparations to be made.
However Downing Road flatly denies that the change implies adopting a softer stance with the European Union. A spokesman described such a declare as “false”, including that the federal government’s place was “unchanged” and that Boris Johnson wished a deal which “completely” revered UK sovereignty.
Stories quoting insiders recommend that the upheaval in Downing Road over the previous week had little or nothing to do with the Brexit negotiations.
Cummings has been on the centre of a bruising battle for affect on the coronary heart of the federal government. Unpopular amongst many ruling Conservative MPs, he sparked a furore earlier this yr when he drove a whole bunch of miles throughout England after contracting COVID-19, violating nationwide lockdown guidelines.
Boris Johnson is assumed to wish to steer his authorities in direction of extra conciliatory, much less combative waters — in sharp distinction to the tone usually adopted below Cummings’ affect. The arrival of Joe Biden within the White Home from subsequent yr may be an element.
Nevertheless, there are additionally stories of tensions throughout the cupboard over a possible no-deal Brexit situation, as talks attain a vital stage.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier left London on Friday following the most recent discussions with the British facet. Regardless of earlier stories of progress there is no such thing as a phrase of a breakthrough, though talks have been happening amid a near-total media blackout.
Negotiations have been caught on key points together with fishing rights and competitors guidelines, and have been soured additional by the federal government’s UK Inside Market Invoice. The laws presently going by way of parliament breaches worldwide regulation and reneges on a part of the binding Brexit divorce deal over preparations for Northern Eire.
Deal or no deal, January 1 will carry main modifications to buying and selling preparations between the UK and the EU. New customs formalities and regulatory controls will kick in when the UK leaves the bloc’s financial embrace.
However the further crimson tape, prices and disruption can be exacerbated until a deal is struck very quickly, and this at a time when each side are battling to include the raging coronavirus pandemic and its financial fallout.
EU affairs blogger Jon Price informed Euronews that the probabilities of a no-deal stand at 50% in the meanwhile – however “no matter occurs, there’s going to be disruption forward” anyway.
If a no-deal occurs, nevertheless, it could possibly be “maybe simpler for Downing Road to speak to the British inhabitants”, he added, “as a result of they’ll level the finger at Brussels saying ‘Look, all of this disaster that we face…it’s all the fault of Michel Barnier and the European Fee’.”
“If Boris does do a deal, after which there may be nonetheless chaos, it’s truly more durable for him to promote to the British public. So it is nonetheless on a knife-edge,” Price stated.
Watch the interview within the video participant above.