Boris Johnson, Great Britain’s Prime Minister, will officially resign in the wake of many other government ministers also quitting and advising him to do so as well.
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This past Wednesday, the leader of the Conservative party (Tory party) for Great Britain met with Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, whom only this past Tuesday was appointed by Johnson after the chancellor’s predecessor Rishi Sunak chose to step down.
Zahawi stated to Johnson, aged 58, that his platform was “not sustainable.” This sentiment was copied by Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, whose appointment to the role only took place a scant 36 hours before. As of writing, a grand total of fifty-two government ministers have resigned from their roles.
“A Downing Street source said Johnson has spoken to Sir Graham Brady – the chairman of the parliamentary group the 1922 Committee – and agreed to stand down, with a new Conservative leader set to be in place by the party conference in October,” reported the Daily Mail.
As it sits, there are two possibilities for what is to come. Firstly, Johnson could stay in office until a new leader is chosen, or secondly, he may step down from the position immediately. It is currently speculated that former Prime Minister Theresa May could step in to serve as a temporary replacement until a successor is chosen.
Johnson’s resignation was originally catalyzed by reports that he and his friends from the government hosted parties during the lockdowns that had been slammed onto the citizenry during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same vein, he was heavily criticized for knowing about the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Chris Pincher directly before his promotion to deputy chief whip.
This past Thursday morning, Donelan officially announced that she was stepping down; and two hours earlier Brandon Lewis, the Northern Island Secretary, also announced their resignation. followed up quickly by Treasury minister Helen Whately, who claimed, “There are only so many times you can apologize and move on.”
This group of resignations was quickly followed up by those of science minister George Freeman, pensions minister Guy Opperman, and security minister Damian Hinds. After this string, Attorney General Suella Braverman called on Johnson to follow suit.
If johnson has instead called for a dissolution of Parliament in order to force new elections as a bid to keep office, Queen Elizabeth would have the power to refuse his request due to the “Lascelles principles,” which claim that she can refuse if Parliament is “vital, viable and capable of doing its job”; a whole new election would end up being “detrimental to the national economy,” or if she can determine “another prime minister who could govern for a reasonable period with a working majority.” The senior members of the Conservative party seem to agree on the idea that all three of these prerequisites have been met.