What will come out Boris Johnson?

The political position of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has already been subjected to various scandals and electoral defeats, was exceptionally weak on Tuesday evening, after the resignation of two senior ministers of his government, criticizing his position and accusing him of failing to act in the national interest. Discontent with Johnson within the Conservative Party and the country is so high that his government is now nearing an end, according to several analysts. However, there are no indications, at least for the time being, that Johnson is intent on resigning, even though he is in a political situation that for many of his predecessors was considered unsustainable.

The resignations of Rishi Sunak, the secretary of the treasury (i.e. the economy minister) and Sajid Javid, the health secretary, are just the latest political defeats for Johnson.

In recent months, his government has been hit by the so-called “party gate”, the scandal of private parties organized at the Prime Minister’s residence during lockdown, and recently the Conservative Party lost important local elections, as well as the vote. To replace two Tory MPs resigned after sex scandals. In recent days, it was discovered that Johnson had appointed Congressman Chris Pincher as deputy whip of the party (i.e. one of the people who should collect the necessary votes in the House, a sort of deputy group leader) despite knowing he was accused of crimes. sexual harassment.

Sunak and Judd’s resignations came after this latest scandal, within ten minutes of each other, even though the two – who are political allies – claim they haven’t coordinated. Neither mentions the Pincher case specifically, although Javid wrote in his resignation letter that “the British people expect integrity from their government”. On the other hand, Sunak spoke above all about differences in economic policy.

Johnson’s government suffered another loss Wednesday morning when Will Quince, Under Secretary for Children and Families, said, Resigned Johnson accused of lying to him: Quince publicly defended the government against the Pincher scandal on Monday, saying Johnson was unaware of the allegations, only to discover that Johnson knew, and that he lied to him as well.

Significantly, the resignations of Snack and Judd were seen as a way to hasten the government’s crisis and possibly benefit from it: both Conservative politicians, according to various analyzes in British newspapers, aspire to fill Johnson’s position as soon as he has it. Resigned.

However, Johnson has no plans to step down, despite being subjected to various scandals and several defeats that could have done irreparable damage to many of his predecessors. Despite losing two of his most important ministers, and two of the biggest figures in the Conservative Party, Johnson actually replaced them with Nazim Zahawi, who became Treasurer, and Steve Barclay, who was his former chief of staff and now health minister.

The government is now devoid of most of its leading figures, but Johnson intends to remain in office until he is forced to resign.

The truth is that although most British citizens would like him to resign (69 per cent, including 54 per cent of his party voters), and although it is very likely that a majority of Conservative MPs no longer support him, there are currently no tools In the British system to remove it: Just last month Johnson barely survived a no-confidence vote within the party, meaning that, under the rules, similar votes cannot be called for at least another year.

according to PoliticianIt is not excluded that in order to oust Johnson, Tory MPs will change this rule, calling for a new vote of no-confidence in the coming days. Johnson would also have to leave office if his cabinet ministers resign en masse, or if he loses a vote of confidence in the House of Commons (a procedure different from an in-party no-confidence vote).

At the moment, all these options are completely excluded. But it’s really hard to imagine that Boris Johnson will be able to reach the end of his 2024 term. According to British newspapers, even his ministers are preparing to compete to replace him: Sunak and Judd with their resignations, they have bet it would be politically more appropriate to distance themselves from Johnson, while others believe, Like Secretary of State Liz Truss, their chances of succeeding Johnson would be greater if they remained in government until the end.

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