On July 7, Sky News channel reported that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, will resigning.
The PM spoke to the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady. He said he will stand down, and a new Conservative Party leader is set to be installed by the time of the party conference in October, a Downing Street source said.
The report also noted that Johnson will make a statement today.
More than 30 members of Boris Johnson’s administration resigned over the last two days. The Tories will be changing party rules to restart discussions on a vote of no confidence in the British prime minister.
British officials are beginning to leave their posts one by one. The reason for this precedent was the scandal associated with Boris Johnson. The officials began to apply as early as July 6. A total of 33 people left the Conservative government. The last to leave the administration was Rachel McLean, the Secretary of State for Protective Services, who had been working to combat domestic violence.
Not even a month has passed since the vote of no confidence was initiated, and that vote was passed by the Conservative party. At that time, Johnson remained in office by a narrow margin. At this point, one could say that Johnson did not have long to stay in office.
Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid were the first to tender their resignations. Sunak even published a post on Twitter where he said that it is very difficult to work in the current government while keeping a clean conscience.
“The public rightly expects the work of the government to be done properly, competently and seriously. I recognize that this may be my last ministerial position, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for, and that is why I am resigning”.
Boris Johnson thanked the officials and immediately found a replacement. Education Minister Nadeem Zahawi moved to the Ministry of Finance and Michelle Donelan took his place. Steve Barkley became head of the Ministry of Health. Later, 18 more people resigned, including the minister of children’s affairs, the minister of state for schools, and the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party.
According to analysts, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Minister Dominic Raab, and Ministers for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales have no intention of leaving the current government.
A high-ranking British government official, Sue Gray, prepared her report on politicians’ and government staff’s violations of lockdown rules.
Her report stated that members of the prime minister’s office and the government had indeed ignored their anti-code restrictions. Her original report, however, did not include any names or details.
The scandal itself was about Johnson promoting the people he wanted in government. Johnson’s latest choice was MP Chris Pincher. Although Chris himself had repeatedly shown his undignified behavior. Pincher was the deputy chief organizer of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons, then there was an incident where he harassed two men at a party. After he was declassified, he resigned from his post. Johnson had to apologize for the situation.
The apology was not enough. The Tories continued to press Johnson. Several MPs in the question session to the prime minister suggested that he should leave. Boris Johnson was also reminded of his words about a new term, which further alienated parliament. Johnson was also asked if there were things that would make him leave. The prime minister replied that it was an inability to pursue his policies and an inability to help the Ukrainian people. The entire session, which lasted about an hour, was accompanied by shouts and whistles from the audience, and Johnson had to raise his voice more than once in an attempt to respond to MPs.
The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, said that Johnson’s government was “collapsing.” Liberal Democrat Party leader Ed Davey called for Johnson to resign immediately. This would mean holding early parliamentary elections in the country – polls suggest that the Conservatives could lose a significant number of seats in them.
Johnson is unlikely to stay in office longer than he should, but to resign he would have to sign his resignation letter if he loses the trust of the party. He could also lose his post if his cabinet collapses.
Johnson already overcame a vote of no confidence on June 6, which means he has been granted immunity for 12 months from such a procedure. Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine, who is 1990 was not afraid to challenge Margaret Thatcher herself, believes that the Conservatives themselves already want to get rid of Boris Johnson.
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