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British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start

Theresa May must sell a compromise on the Brexit settlement to her own party Image Beyond Westminster the UK is no longer gripped by Brexit
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 03:51

Prime Minister Theresa may on Monday, January 8, intends to announce the government reshuffle.

But the day began in a farcical fashion when her Conservative party announced a new chairperson on Twitter, only to delete the tweet and later name another lawmaker for the post.

"The prime minister is disappointed but respects her decision to leave the government", the Downing Street source said.

London is seriously preparing for Brexit without trade deal.

Others returning to the backbenches included Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill, who loses his job as minister for children and families, Philip Dunne (Ludlow), who is removed as health minister, and John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings), who is leaving the Department for Transport.

His replacement was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be nearly immediately deleted.

"The reshuffle was a farce showing the prime minister is weak".

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

He was also blamed for the disastrous party conference, where magnetic letters fell off during May's speech which was being televised live.

"It's an opportunity to refresh the government and just to give added impetus to the prime minister's reform agenda while continuing to deliver on Brexit", her spokesman said.

China warns of United States protectionism after Huawei setback
The letter also cited apprehension regarding a pending deal between Huawei and an unnamed American telecommunications company. Samsung had previously filed a countersuit, also in China, accusing Huawei of infringing 4G-related patents, WIPR reported .

While viewed as a chance at a fresh start, the reshuffle brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers. He will prepare the scenarios if there is no deal.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.

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.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab, an ardent Brexit supporter, is reported to be in line for a top job, while Ms.

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.

James Brokenshire said he was quitting because he is about to have surgery for a lesion on his lung and will need time to recover. He has failed to bring together feuding political parties in the British province, where the devolved government collapsed a year ago nearly to the day.

The new Tory team is a "recognition that the party and the government needs to reflect modern Britain and needs to be more diverse and cosmopolitan", said Giles Kenningham, former director of communications at Conservative Campaign Headquarters under David Cameron, who now runs communications consultancy Trafalgar Strategy.

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

May has said she intends to stay in office "as long as people want me to serve", but past year saw numerous reports of plots to oust her - and many ministers will have their eye on a future leadership challenge.

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