Sacking Julian Smith creates problems for Boris Johnson, rather than solving them

The departure of a universally respected Northern Ireland secretary will make his successor’s job much harder.

Julian Smith has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary. Why? That’s the question animating Stormont and Westminster this morning. Barely a month since overseeing the restoration of Northern Irish devolution after three years – an achievement that eluded both of his predecessors – the first Conservative to win widespread respect in the brief in nearly three decades became the first casualty of Boris Johnson’s first cabinet reshuffle. 

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