UK Prime Minister Johnson to remove top official in Whitehall revolution: Telegraph

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with Mark Sedwill, while Mark Spencer and Dominic Cummings applaud him at 10 Downing Street after accepting Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government, in London. Great Britain, July 24, 2019. Stefan Rousseau / Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) – The UK’s oldest official, Sir Mark Sedwill, will announce his departure as soon as this week under Boris Johnson’s plans for a revolution in Whitehall, the Telegraph reported Saturday.

The announcement would be made as early as Monday, according to the report.

Sedwill was appointed national security adviser by then-Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017, and was later appointed Cabinet Secretary a year later.

The overthrow of Sedwill will be the most obvious sign that a long-planned Civil Service shake-up by Dominic Cummings is accelerating, the newspaper said.

Report from Ann Maria Shibu in Bangalore; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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