A Downing Road spokesperson mentioned Theresa May had “misplaced confidence in his potential to serve within the function of defence secretary and as a member of her cupboard”.
“The prime minister’s determination has been knowledgeable by his conduct surrounding an investigation into the circumstances of the unauthorised disclosure of data from a gathering of the National Security Council,” an announcement mentioned.
The dramatic announcement comes after an enormous leak inquiry launched by Mark Sedwill, the cupboard secretary, following final week’s leak of the obvious determination to present Huawei a job in constructing the UK’s 5G community.
The transfer has angered the US, which has banned Huawei from authorities networks and put strain on the UK to do the identical, over fears – denied by the corporate – that it’s a automobile for Chinese language authorities spies.
Mr Williamson was amongst 5 cupboard ministers reported to have raised issues on the NSC assembly, which is supposed to be prime secret.