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Keys to the bleeding in Johnson’s government: the ‘premier’ hangs by a thread after the resignation of two of his ministers

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The surprise resignation of the Ministers of the Economy, Rishi Sunak, and Health, Sajid Javid, has given what could be the deadly political blow to British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Two of the great heavyweights of the Executive have withdrawn their support in the middle of a hemorrhage that until now has not made the “premier” fall. However, experts predict that the departure of two of the best-known faces from his team will be more difficult to overcome than previous setbacks.

The internal confidence motion to which survived less than a month ago it showed that 41% of his own Conservative MPs no longer trust him. This time, the rot has reached the very core of his cabinet.

“We can’t go on like this”

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The position of Minister of Economy, known as the chancellor of the Exchequer, is the third most important in the Executive and not in vain his residence is at 11 Downing Street, next door to the prime minister.

In his resignation letter, Sunak says that the British “They rightly expect the government to behave appropriately, competently and seriously.” “I think it’s worth fighting for those standards, and that’s why I’m resigning,” he explains in his letter to Johnson, in which he acknowledges that perhaps the Economy Ministry is the last ministry he has to lead. “I am sad to leave the government, but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue like this,” he adds.

According to his letter, Johnson he was unwilling to make “tough decisions” in economics, as he found out when preparing a joint speech for next week in that field, and realized that their approaches “are fundamentally too different”.

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Javid was also harsh in his resignation, denouncing that the deterioration of conservative values ​​in the Johnson Executive “will not change under his leadership.” “The internal no-confidence motion last month (…) was a moment for humility, taking back control and a new direction. I am sorry to say that this situation will not change under your leadership.and therefore he has also lost my confidence,” stressed Javid, who in his day already aspired to lead the Conservative Party.

Late on Tuesday it became known that the until now Minister of Education, Nadhim Zahawi, will replace Sunak as head of the Economy, while the Cabinet Secretary of State, Steve Barclay, one of Johnson’s closest collaborators, will do the same. with Javid in Health.

The resignations unleashed a barrage of chained resignations, although authorized voices of the “tories”such as the former Brexit negotiator David Frost or the vice president of the “Tory” party Bim Afolami, also demanded Johnson’s departure, and some lower-ranking officials also left their posts.

However, the small group of loyalists to the prime minister within the Executive – made up, among others, of the Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, the Defense Minister, Ben Wallace, the Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, or the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel , and Culture, Nadine Dorries- announced that they do not intend to abandon it.

The Pincher sex scandal: the last straw

The resignations of Sunak and Javid came on another day of controversy for the prime minister, who had to apologize for having appointed deputy Chris Pincher as responsible for the discipline of the conservative parliamentary group. despite knowing that he had been investigated for sexual misconduct.

Although Downing Street initially tried to disassociate Johnson from what happened with Pincher, who resigned last week for unwanted touching of several men at a social gathering, finally the “premier” he had to admit that he already knew that he had committed such acts in the past.

The ministers who resigned today did not refer directly to this scandal, but for many critical voices with Johnson in his party it is the straw that has broken the camel’s back. Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition, Labor Keir Starmer, assured that the Johnson Government “is collapsing” after the resignation of the ministers.

“It is clear that this government is collapsing. The ‘Tory’ ministers have known from the beginning who was the prime minister. They have been his cheerleaders throughout this unfortunate saga,” Starmer told British media.

For Labour, the ministers”They have been his accomplices at every step, as he dishonored his office and defrauded the country. If they had an iota of integrity, they would have been gone months ago.” Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon said for her that “that whole rotten bunch needs to go now.”

Source: Lasexta

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