British government crisis
“Good news for the country”. this is how leading politicians react to Johnson’s resignation.
In the end, everything went faster than expected: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign from his post. Reactions from politics were not late.
In the end, the house of cards surrounding the Prime Minister of Great Britain collapsed faster than expected. After an open rebellion against him, according to the media, Johnson will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday. The government spokesperson announced that the Prime Minister will address the nation on Thursday. According to the BBC, the change of power will not be finalized until the fall, and Johnson wants to be in office until then.
After a series of scandals, more than 50 ministers and other government officials resigned on Tuesday evening in protest against Johnson. On Thursday morning, the new Minister of Education, Michelle Donnellan, who was appointed just two days after the resignation of her predecessor, resigned. Moments earlier, Finance Minister Nadhim Zahavi, who was also appointed by Johnson just two days earlier, tweeted that he should “do the right thing and leave now”.
Reactions from politics were not late.
Labor leader Keir Starmer. “We need a real change of power.”
Social Democratic Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer was among the first senior politicians to speak out.
“The Conservatives have delivered 12 years of economic stagnation, declining public services and empty promises. We don’t need to replace the Tories at the top, we need a real change of government. We need a fresh start for Britain,” the 59-year-old said. – the year old tweeted. In a tweet, the Labor leader said Johnson’s resignation was “good news for the country” but came too late. The prime minister was unfit for office from the beginning and was responsible for lies, scandals and forgeries. “Enough, enough,” concludes Starmer.
George Freeman, who announced his resignation as science secretary only this morning, is going one step further. He urged Johnson to apologize to Queen Elizabeth and immediately appoint an acting prime minister. “We need ministers back to their desks,” Freeman tweeted.
Prime Minister of Scotland Sturgeon. The Tories should never have elected Boris Johnson as leader
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks of a “widespread sense of relief” that the “chaos of the past few days” is now coming to an end.
However, he doubts that Johnson will be able to stay in his post until the fall. Like Starmer, he maintains that Johnson was the wrong man to be prime minister in the first place. The Tories should never have made him leader.
Simon Hoare, the Conservative chairman of the Northern Ireland Committee, also thinks it unlikely that Johnson will last until the autumn. Although the situation is “unconstitutional territory,” Hoare tweeted, “but he has to go and go means go.”
The Minister of Environmental Protection belatedly announced his resignation
Environment Minister Rebecca Pau, somewhat belatedly, also joins the ranks of ministers in turmoil. The 61-year-old woman announced in the morning that she is resigning from her position. In a letter to Johnson published on Twitter, which he appeared to have written before he resigned, he wrote that the position of prime minister was “no longer sustainable”.
“Westminster is a mess,” said Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.
He also calls for a new head of the government “as soon as possible”. The wheels of the government must continue to turn.
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former right-hand man, was particularly hard on the outgoing prime minister. Cummings, now seen as Johnson’s nemesis, is calling on the Conservatives to impeach the Prime Minister today. “Get him out TODAY or he will cause carnage,” Cummings tweeted.
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Sources: BBC; “Guardians”; AFP: