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British finance minister Sajid Javid is furious that his press aide was dismissed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top advisor.HENRY NICHOLLS/Reuters

British finance minister Sajid Javid has challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the dismissal of an aide by Mr. Johnson’s top adviser which has caused tension between the government’s two most powerful men, news media said.

The Financial Times said on Friday that Mr. Javid was “livid” about the firing on Thursday of his press aide by Dominic Cummings, who was looking into whether government officials had helped opponents of Mr. Johnson’s Brexit plans.

“He’s absolutely furious,” the newspaper quoted a colleague of Mr. Javid’s as saying. “He doesn’t consider the matter closed.”

Mr. Javid had not threatened to resign but his relationship with Mr. Johnson had been compromised, the FT said.

Other newspapers also reported tensions between Mr. Javid and Mr. Johnson over the dismissal and other incidents which came as Britain’s government is preparing for Brexit on Oct. 31 and is trying to move ahead with a new domestic agenda too.

Mr. Javid is due to announce a one-year government spending plan on Wednesday with a focus on more funding for education, health and the police. Mr. Johnson announced details of the increase in schools spending on Friday.

Earlier this week, a speech that Mr. Javid planned to give to outline his economic program was cancelled at short notice.

An official in Mr. Johnson’s office said he could not comment about any meeting between the two men on Friday but said they were working closely on a series of policies.

“I have not seen a hint of any difference between them on those issues,” the official said.

No one was immediately available for comment at the finance ministry.

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