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Dominic Cummings has left his home for the first time since leaving Downing Street last night, with Number 10 reportedly warned the exiled adviser "won't go quietly".
Sources close to Boris Johnson have said they fear a backlash from Cummings, which may see the Prime Minister and Downing Street come under fire.
Some fear there will be an "explosive stunt" sometime between now and Christmas.
"I won't be surprised if there's an explosive stunt between now and Christmas," sources told the Financial Times.
"It's not Dom's style just to quietly drift away."
Cummings, who was pictured last night carrying a cardboard box as he left No 10, was spotted leaving his home in Islington, London on Saturday afternoon.
Dominic Cummings leaves his home for the first time since walking out of Downing Street
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The controversial aide only spoke to reporters to ask them to move out of his way, and did not answer any questions.
He was seen getting into a Toyota Prius which then drove away.
Cummings' wife Mary Wakefield previously told reporters outside their home he "would not come out" in the rainy weather.
The Financial Times reported that Communications Director Lee Cain and Cummings had been ordered into Mr Johnson's office yesterday to discuss their "general behaviour."
Reports suggested a fiery showdown between the three men, ending with Mr Johnson ordering them to "get out and never return".
The exiled adviser left in a Toyota Prius
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It was also reported that the Prime Minister had become aware of texts seen by fiancee Carrie Symonds that showed Cummings and Lee Cain were plotting against her.
But a source with knowledge of the conversation described this version of events as "horses**t".
At around 5pm, Cummings was seen leaving Number 10 through the front door, carrying an eye-catching cardboard box.
Cummings left Downing Street after his relationship with the Prime Minister "fell off a cliff", according to a former Cabinet minister.
"The relationship with the Prime Minister fell off a cliff. And once that's gone, it's gone," he said.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis also branded the adviser's style "confrontational" but added the PM had "relied on him" and "there are things he (Cummings) was right about".
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On what could change, Mr Davis told BBC Breakfast: "Well the first thing is there are going to be some new staff in Number 10.
"He's going to need a new chief of staff who has got to be fiercely efficient but not fiercely political. He's got to find someone who doesn't have their own agenda.
"Secondly, lots of my colleagues in Parliament are hoping for a new relationship with Parliament. More openness, more interaction with Parliament."
Theresa May's ex-chief of staff, Lord Gavin Barwell, also said the departure could lead to more harmonious relations between the Prime Minister and Tory MPs.
Cummings alongside Communications Director Lee Cain, who has also left his role at Downing Street
(Image: Adrian Dennis/PA Wire)
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Referring to Mr Johnson, Lord Barwell 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."
Cummings and Cain will reportedly still be employed until the middle of next month.
Reports suggested Cummings would be working from home on projects such as mass testing.
After Cummings was seen leaving Downing Street, Sir Edward Lister was announced as the interim chief of staff pending a permanent appointment.