Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid tendered their resignations in letters to Boris Johnson, minutes apart, in which they questioned the former London mayor’s ability to run a standards-compliant administration.
The announcements were made just after Boris Johnson went on TV to apologize for not realizing a former member of his administration was not a suitable choice, when he was targeted by charges of sexual misconduct.
Signaling his intention to stay in power for as long as possible, Boris Johnson quickly appointed former businessman and current education secretary Nadhim Zahawi as head of the finance ministry. Steve Barclay inherited the Health portfolio.
For now, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid are the only high-ranking members of the government to leave, others having expressed their support for Boris Johnson. Four elected officials occupying minor roles in the government also resigned.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, considered a potential recourse to replace Boris Johnson, assured that she remained%”,”text”:”at 100%”}}”>100 % behind the latter. Defense Minister Ben Wallace would also continue to support the Conservative leader, according to local media.
“You have lost my trust”
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Critics of the prime minister also criticize a certain laxity in the face of the rising cost of living, with many Britons having financial difficulties in the context of soaring fuel and food prices.
In their letters, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid revealed their fed up.
” The public rightly expects the government to conduct itself in the right way, competently and seriously. I think these standards deserve to be defended and that is why I am resigning. »
Rishi Sunak, who is said to have privately had major disagreements with Boris Johnson over public spending, says he hasn’t made up his mind
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other important challenges.
Sajid Javid lamented that public opinion and parliamentarians have lost confidence in Boris Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest.
I regret having to tell you […] that it seems obvious to me that the situation will not change under your leadership and that you have also lost my confidencehe wrote to Boris Johnson, who last month narrowly overcame a procedure launched by members of his Conservative Party with a view to dismissing him.
” He is done “
The resignation last week of prominent Tory MP Christopher Pincher gave rise to several days of a fluctuating narrative from Downing Street about what Boris Johnson knew, or did not know, about Mr Pincher’s behaviour.
Many in the Conservative Party are infuriated by the new accusation of lying against Boris Johnson and Downing Street’s reliance on the memory loss argument. Some MPs believe that the British administration is paralyzed by the management of scandals.
Voices are rising again within Tory ranks in an attempt to initiate moves to oust Boris Johnson from power, while others earlier urged senior ministers to act.
He is donean elected Conservative said during the day about Boris Johnson on condition of anonymity.
He shouldn’t prolong the agony. It’s disrespectful to his colleagues, his party and his country. Another Conservative MP made similar comments:
It’s finish. I would be surprised if he spends the summer.
veterans of the Conservative Party consider that Boris Johnson, out of a taste for combat, could stay in office and try once again to revive his administration.
The Labor opposition leader said those who support Boris Johnson were complicit in his handling of his role as prime minister.
It is now clear that this government is collapsingsaid Keir Starmer, adding that he would support the holding of early elections.