End game for Boris Johnson, Brexit champion - Economic Policy

End game for Boris Johnson, Brexit champion – Economic Policy

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, worn down by scandals and weakened by an unprecedented series of resignations, announced his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, paving the way for his replacement as head of government.

“It is clearly the will of the Conservative Party that there is a new leader and therefore a new prime minister“, he said at a press conference outside Downing Street, saying he was “sad to give up the best job in the world”.

He added that the timetable for the election of a new Conservative leader would be specified next week.

“We don’t need a change at the head of the Tories. We need a real change of government,” opposition leader Keir Starmer had argued shortly before, threatening to organize a vote of defiance in the House if Mr Johnson remained in power.

The resignations and calls for the departure of Mr. Johnson, the three turbulent years marked by repeated scandalscontinued on Thursday, as Downing Street announced a series of appointments to replace resigning ministers and secretaries of state.

The brand new Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, appointed on Tuesday, had called on Boris Johnson to “leave now”, while the Minister of Education, also appointed on Tuesday, announced her resignation.

In total, around sixty departures have been announced in the government since Tuesday, including five ministers, an exodus of unprecedented speed in British political history.

On Wednesday evening, several ministers went to Downing Street to try, in vain, to convince Boris Johnson that, having lost the confidence of the Conservative Party, he should resign, in his interest and that of the country.

The 58-year-old Prime Minister, who says he has a ‘colossal mandate’ to fulfil, retaliated by dismissing by telephone on Wednesday evening the minister who had first come to advise him to resign earlier in the day, Michael Gove , in charge of territorial rebalancing. According to the BBC, Downing Street called Michael Gove a “snake” untrustworthy by Mr Johnson.

All day Wednesday, the resignations had succeededthe Conservative party weary of repeated scandals since Boris Johnson, the former Brexit hero, arrived in Downing Street in 2019. The weekly question time in the House had been particularly heated for Mr Johnson, with new calls to the resignation in his own camp, laughter testifying to his loss of authority, and a “bye Boris” at the end of the session.

Discontent had been simmering for months, fueled in particular by the scandal of illegal parties in Downing Street during the anti-Covid confinement, when the British had to respect very strict rules.

Boris Johnson, known for not being close to a lie, had varied in his explanations, provoking frustration and then anger among elected Conservatives, in a country faced with record inflation of 9% and social movements. His popularity rating had plunged, and nearly 70% of Britons now want him gone, according to two polls this week.

The resignations on Tuesday evening of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid sounded the hallali for the Prime Minister, after a new sex scandal involving the deputy “whip”, in charge of the discipline of Conservative MPs, whom Mr Johnson had named in February, ‘forgetting’ about past charges of the same type.

Mr. Johnson had escaped a vote of no confidence last month40% of Conservative MPs however refusing to place their trust in him.

“It is clearly the will of the Conservative Party that there is a new leader and therefore a new Prime Minister”, he declared during a press conference in front of Downing Street, saying he was “sad to give up the best job in the world”. He added that the timetable for the election of a new Conservative leader would be specified next week. “We don’t need a change at the head of the Tories. We need a real change of government,” opposition leader Keir Starmer had argued shortly before, threatening to organize a vote of defiance in the House if Mr Johnson remained in power. Resignations and calls for the departure of Mr Johnson, a turbulent three years marked by repeated scandals, continued on Thursday, as Downing Street announced a series of appointments to replace resigning ministers and secretaries of state. The brand new Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, appointed on Tuesday, had called on Boris Johnson to “leave now”, while the Minister of Education, also appointed on Tuesday, announced her resignation. In total, around sixty departures have been announced in the government since Tuesday, including five ministers, an exodus of unprecedented speed in British political history. On Wednesday evening, several ministers went to Downing Street to try, in vain, to convince Boris Johnson that, having lost the confidence of the Conservative Party, he should resign, in his interest and that of the country. The 58-year-old Prime Minister, who says he has a ‘colossal mandate’ to fulfil, retaliated by dismissing by telephone on Wednesday evening the minister who had first come to advise him to resign earlier in the day, Michael Gove , in charge of territorial rebalancing. According to the BBC, Downing Street called Michael Gove a “snake” untrustworthy of Mr Johnson. former Brexit hero, arrived in Downing Street in 2019. The weekly House Question Time had been particularly stormy for Mr Johnson, with renewed calls for his own camp to quit, laughter testifying to his loss of authority, and a “bye Boris” at the end of the session. Discontent had been simmering for months, fueled in particular by the scandal of illegal parties in Downing Street during the anti-Covid confinement, when the British had to respect very strict rules. Boris Johnson, known for not being close to a lie, had varied in his explanations, provoking frustration and then anger among elected Conservatives, in a country faced with record inflation of 9% and social movements. His popularity rating had plunged, and nearly 70% of Britons now want him gone, according to two polls this week. The resignations on Tuesday evening of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid sounded the hallali for the Prime Minister, after a new sex scandal involving the deputy “whip”, in charge of the discipline of Conservative MPs, whom Mr Johnson had named in February, ‘forgetting’ about past charges of the same type. Mr Johnson had escaped a vote of no confidence last month, however 40% of Tory MPs refused to give him their confidence.

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