Johnson urged to clarify who paid for Caribbean holiday trip

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid walks at 10 Downing Street in central London

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid walks at 10 Downing Street in central London

Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds spent an 11-day break on the island of Mustique over the New Year, after Johnson's Conservative party won Britain's December 12 election.

Boris Johnson's Caribbean holiday over the new year was a £15,000 gift from a wealthy businessman.

Javid, a former City of London banker born into a working class Muslim family, was considered safe in his job despite reports of tensions between him and Johnson's senior aide, Dominic Cummings.

"Whilst I was very pleased that the prime minister wanted to reappoint me, I was unable to accept the conditions that he had attached so I felt I was left with no option but to resign", Javid told reporters outside his house.

The pound briefly retreated on Javid's departure but soon recovered as analysts said the new chancellor could open the way for more public spending and growth.

But the finance minister's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team all along - added to a sense that the prime minister would brook no dissent and wanted to have more control over the Treasury.

The source said Johnson was expected to promote several women such as Anne-Marie Trevelyan, minister for the armed forces, Suella Braverman, a former Brexit junior minister, and Gillian Keegan.

His sacking of Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith, who only a month ago had helped broker the restoration of a government in the British province, prompted criticism from politicians north and south of the border with Ireland.

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Smith was widely praised for persuading rival parties in Northern Ireland to return to the power-sharing government last month, three years after the assembly collapsed over an energy scandal.

Downing Street insisted all "transparency requirements" had been followed when Mr Johnson declared the break officially, but question marks over who actually footed the bill remained.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes to Smith's efforts, saying he was "one of Britain's finest politicians of our time".

"Without your leadership I don't believe (Northern Ireland) would have a Govt today".

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox were also shown the door.

During the early Asian session on Friday, The Sun came out with the news that the UK PM Boris Johnson has canceled any meeting with the US President Donald Trump until June.

After years of political turmoil over Brexit, he wants to focus this year on domestic issues, including investments in police, healthcare and infrastructure.

Johnson is however expected to announce the new president of the COP 26 United Nations climate summit, which is being held in Glasgow in November. The duo was to meet in the USA sometime during late-February after the Tory leader postponed their January month gathering, said the report. She subsequently warned that planning for the summit was "miles off track".

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