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Reshuffle highlights a UK Government in crisis

The shambolic reshuffle has highlighted the crisis at the heart of the UK Government and the Conservative party. Following months of chaos in Brexit negotiations and the departure of four Cabinet members in the past three months, the Conservatives cannot even tweet out the correct names in a reshuffle.

Coming after the sacking of one cabinet member and the resignation of another, this reshuffle was never going to address the issues at the heart of this Government. A Government that has been directionless since the disastrous snap general election last year that cost Theresa May her majority, mandate and authority.

In the meantime, the Foreign Secretary’s careless remarks have put Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at risk, the Brexit Secretary has overseen repeated confusion over the Brexit impact assessment papers, economic growth has stagnated and the Government has consistently failed to take the big decisions such as giving the go ahead for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:

“This botched reshuffle is a damming indictment of the UK Government. We knew that this was a Government in crisis, but I at least thought the Conservatives would be able to competently carry out their own reshuffle. It seems I expected too much.

“This is perhaps the only Government where four Cabinet members could leave within three months and it still be three cabinet members too few. It is disappointing that despite the Foreign Secretary directly putting Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in danger and the chaos within Brexit negotiations both Boris Johnson and David Davis remain in place.

“I hope that following the reshuffle the Government will refocus on the numerous serious issues it faces with far greater success than they have done previously. The government must quickly negotiate a comprehensive Brexit transitional deal, give the green light to the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, pause the rollout of universal credit and get to grips with the crisis in prisons.”

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