As the Brexit process reaches crisis point (again), the real issue is not ‘Carrie v Dom’, but elite domination or democracy? Is Johnson prepared to stick to his guns and see through the clean-break Brexit we voted for? Or is he getting ready to give in to the demands of the Remainer establishment and the EU? Brexit is far bigger than the survival of Boris and the Downing Street pecking order.
‚Once you step up to the mark you become a target, which isn’t going to help anyone,‘ one MP told MailOnline.
A former Tory adviser – who is no fan of Mr Cummings – described the events of the past week as ‚unreal‘, saying Ms Symonds had been an ‚absolute nightmare‘ to work with in the past.
Taxi for Cummings: The No 10 lieutenant waited with a box of his belongings on the street after exiting No 10
Dominic Cummings arrived home with bottles of alcohol last night after he was kicked out of Number 10 for good – following a dramatic was confrontation with Boris Johnson who showed him texts allegedly proving he briefed against his fiancee, Carrie Symonds.
In a tense 45-minute meeting, the Prime Minister is said to have ordered his most senior adviser to leave having shown incriminating text messages which had been forwarded to his partner. The explosive claims were denied by No10.
– The Prime Minister was pictured at the back entrance of Downing Street where he smiled to a security guard
– He returns to Westminster facing restlessness for the government to publish a lockdown exit strategy
– He has been recuperating from his own coronavirus battle at Chequers home with fiancée Carrie Symonds
At one point, Mr Johnson’s plight was so grave that Cabinet Ministers and aides prayed for him. While in hospital, Mr Johnson has been boosted by a love letter from his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, which included a scan of their unborn child.
Symonds, who is currently six months‘ pregnant, is herself recovering after experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, and is now reported to have left Downing Street to isolate elsewhere.
Downing Street told CNN it did not know whether Symonds would move in to the famous residence.
These are uncharted waters for the British establishment — never in living memory has a UK Prime Minister had an unmarried partner while in office. Unlike US first ladies, UK first partners have no strictly defined role, and it will largely be up to Symonds to shape it.