Cummings sends ominous tweet hinting he could cause trouble for Boris now he’s left No10

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The Prime Minister’s former right-hand man was forced out of his role following a bust up with his boss. He was pictured yesterday evening leaving Number 10 carrying a cardboard box of his personal items. His departure came after he was accused of briefing against the Prime Minister and his fiancee Carrie Symonds, despite being considered his most trusted advisor until now. Mr Cummings had formally resigned on Thursday, a day after his closest ally Mr Cain had also handed in his notice as director of communications earlier this week.

He will still be employed until the middle of December, but the Prime Minister is understood to have told his former ally at a frosty meeting yesterday that he doesn’t want to see him back in Downing Street.

However, Mr Cummings has hinted his dramatic exit from Downing Street may not be the last time Mr Johnson hears from.

He tweeted yesterday: “Reading notes from a chair in the garden …and he had something to say about reports of his own demise.”

His tweet referenced the famous quote from American author Mark Twain in 1897, when a journalist from the New York Journal contacted him to ask whether the rumours that he was gravely ill or already dead were true.

He responded: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

And less than 24 hours after being forced to quit his job, there are signs the Brexit mastermind may already be causing trouble for Mr Johnson by briefing against the Prime Minister.

He has told allies he had to go round “dithering” Mr Johnson and ask for decisions to be made by Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.

But sources close to the Prime Minister accused Mr Cummings of “trying to blame everyone but himself” for his exit.

A source told The Telegraph: “The truth is that Dom will pay no attention to something for months, then he will get interested in it and expect it to happen in two or three days.

“That’s not how Government works. When he says Boris is indecisive, what he actually means is that Boris won’t do something he wants.

“That’s not the same thing – it’s just the Prime Minister saying no to him.”

Before being purged yesterday evening, Mr Cummings’ departure was not expected to take place until Christmas, just as the Brexit transition period was ending.

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The UK is currently embroiled in tough talks with the EU to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the bloc before the period ends of December 31.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman James Slack shot down any suggestions the Government could compromise on outstanding issues of the deal following Mr Cummings’s departure as “simply false”.

Lord Gavin Barwell, the former chief of staff to Theresa May when she was Prime Minister, said this morning the departure of Mr Cummings from Downing Street could help Mr Johnson have a less confrontational tone with Tory MPs.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It feels to me that there’s an opportunity here for him to get his Downing Street operation more harmonious and more effective.

“To rebuild relations with Conservative MPs, the parliamentary party.

“And, perhaps, to set a less confrontational and more unifying tone, that is maybe more in tune with his natural instincts.”

Former Brexit secretary David Davis added Mr Cummings seemed to have “hoarded” power in Downing Street.

He told Times Radio: “The truth is, I think for a long time, the Prime Minister was very dependent on Mr Cummings.

“There has been a general feeling that the, sort of power, has been hoarded in Downing Street.

“That the normal relationships with the 22 Committee… has been side-lined.”

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