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The Downing Street power struggle surrounding Boris Johnson’s special adviser Dominic Cummings has raised concerns that the Prime Minister’s attention could be taken away from the Government’s “enormous” challenges. Alastair Campbell told BBC Newsnight that the UK only had days before the type of Brexit deal was decided. The former Downing Street Director of Communications under Tony Blair warned that a new broom is needed at such a significant moment.
He said: “This kind of squabble going on seems so unseemly.
“The reason is that the challenges facing the Government at the moment are absolutely enormous.
“Covid is at 50,000 deaths and the highest number of cases for months.
“You’ve got Brexit, where we’ve really got days left to decide whether we’re going to get no deal or a terrible deal that Johnson will probably end up with.”
Mr Campbell continued: “And a new American President who is shaking the moorings of the more populist governments around the world.
“These are all things that require real focus and the real attention of the Prime Minister.
“For the Prime Minister to have to be sorting out this kind of squabbling going on is draining.
“It’s simply just draining what’s left of his authority away.”
Mr Cummings will reportedly be leaving Downing Street by Christmas.
This comes after the Head of Communications and fellow Vote Leave campaign colleague Lee Cain quit amid the infighting at Number 10.
However the special adviser claimed he was always planning to resign at the end of the year.
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Brexit talks are still ongoing despite the Government meltdown.
The negotiations resumed between the UK and EU in London at the start of this week.
Talks had previously broken down over red lines, with Mr Johnson urging British businesses to prepare for no deal.
However, both the Prime Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have since agreed to redouble effort to secure a deal.
The transition period deadline is the end of December 2020.
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