LONDON – Boris Johnson’s Every Downtrend. The future of the British Prime Minister hangs in the balance after the sudden resignations of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and Health Minister Sajid Javid, followed by the Deputy Chairman of the party and a large number of undersecretaries. Among the ministers, agents and senior officials, more than 30 people have resigned in the past 24 hours.
Boisterous as usual, Johnson immediately appointed the replacements – Nazim al-Zahawi, the former education minister, is the new chancellor and Steve Barclay, a loyalist to the prime minister, is the new health minister.
However, one of the most influential members of the Conservative Party, Michael Gove, has called on the prime minister to step down, according to several British media reports. In short, the future of BoJo seems clear.
Doubts about the fate of the Prime Minister (and the government)
The intention is to move forward, but there are many doubts about the government’s ability to continue in this frenetic climate and expect new resignations later in the day. “The government is collapsing,” said Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer, who has called for early elections.
Today, Johnson faced lawmakers in Parliament to once again defend himself against accusations of lying to his ministers, MPs and citizens. Marking question time, the prime minister has defended his CEO’s work, boasting about tax cuts and saying he wants to keep his job. However, his speech was met with laughter from the House of Commons when he said he had spoken with members of government in the morning, while he had been resigning since last night. Labor leader Keir Starmer spoke of a “pathetic sight” and the leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons, Ian Blackford, called for an early election. Two Conservative MPs asked Johnson to step down during question time.