Boris Johnson should hire Brexiteer as chief of staff – Express poll

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Readers voted in our poll on whether the Prime Minister should choose a Brexiteer to be his chief of staff after his top adviser Dominic Cummings and head of communications Lee Cain – who both worked together on the Brexit campaign – dramatically quit their roles this week amid a Downing Street power struggle. A huge 95 percent of respondents said Mr Johnson should pick a Brexiteer, with just five percent disagreeing.

Commenting on the poll, one reader insisted: “It would be unfathomable to do anything other.”

Another warned: “Would be a bit stupid to hire a non brexit chief that is for sure.”

A third fumed: “If he installs a remainer, that will prove he really is trying to screw a proper Brexit!”

Another said: “Boris not to have a Brexiteer as his new-chief-of staff-would be like turning his back on the 17.4-million BREXIT-voters who put him in power.”

A fifth suggested: “BORIS HIRE NIGEL FARAGE as your Chief of Staff !!!!”

Our poll comes after Mr Cummings – who masterminded the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum – left his position on Friday after Mr Cain, who was also on the Vote Leave team, walked out earlier in the week.

Mr Cain resigned after a bitter power struggle in Number 10.

He had been offered the post of chief of staff but the promotion was reportedly opposed by Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds and former journalist Allegra Stratton, who is set to start hosting Downing Street daily press briefings from next year.

Mr Cummings quickly followed Mr Cain’s departure and was spotted leaving Number 10 carrying a large cardboard box on Friday.

Both men are expected to work from home until mid-December.

The Prime Minister is said to now want to present a more liberal image as he did when he was Mayor of London.

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Sir Edward Lister has been named as interim chief of staff in the wake of the Downing Street shake-up.

Nigel Farage warned of the risk of a Brexit “sell-out” following Mr Cummings’ exit.

The Brexit Party leader tweeted: “It is well documented that I have never liked Dominic Cummings but he has backed Brexit.

“Seeing him leave Number 10 carrying a cardboard box tells me a Brexit sell-out is close.”

But Downing Street insisted the drama at the centre of Mr Johnson’s inner circle would not affect Brexit talks.

The UK and the EU are trying to hammer out a post-Brexit trade deal ahead of the end of the transition period on December 31.

Mr Cummings and Mr Lee were central in the victorious Vote Leave campaign.

Express.co.uk polled 8,919 readers on November 14.

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