Happier times: Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid were once close allies before a rift emerged between Johnson’s senior advisers and Javid’s aides [File photo: December 10, 2019/Toby Melville/Reuters]

Sajid Javid quit as the United Kingdom‘s chancellor of the exchequer after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set conditions “any self-respecting minister” would reject, he said, as several senior heads rolled in a dramatic Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.

The prime minister ordered Javid to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by 10 Downing Street if he wanted to remain in his post – conditions he said he was “unable to accept”.

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Javid chose to quit instead, and was replaced by his former deputy at the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, in the biggest

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