Boris Johnson’s hard Brexit cabinet – podcast | News



It was one of the most sweeping and brutal cabinet reshuffles in modern political history. Boris Johnson used his first evening in office to reshape his government, with a cull of any of his colleagues not signed up to his central pledge: leave the EU on 31 October with or without a deal.

The Guardian’s political writer and columnist Jonathan Freedland talks to India Rakusen about a new cabinet that many have said seems to be a campaign team built for an election rather than for running the country. With the ‘great offices of state’ held by Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid, the cabinet is certainly a diverse team, but one that is distinctly rightwing.

Also today: Laura Snapes runs through the nominations for this year’s Mercury music prize – and what it says about Britain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Meets With His New Cabinet<br>LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Prime Minister Boris Johnson presides over his first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on July 25, 2019 in London, England. Britain's New Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, appointed his Cabinet yesterday evening with 17 of Theresa May's Ministers replaced. The number of Leave supporting Ministers doubled from six to 12 and 31 Ministers are now entitled to attend Cabinet. (Photo by Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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