After three years of a tumultuous tenure, the prime minister, who had a triumphant arrival, was forced to resign due to a series of scandals.
Boris Johnson came to power triumphantly in mid-2019 and was named the hero of Brexit. However, his attitudes and way of acting totally discredited him and he was forced by the Conservative Party itself to resign this Thursday, the 7th, after a series of scandals that followed his government. According to a poll conducted on Wednesday by the Savanta ComRes cabinet, three out of five Conservative voters believe that Johnson cannot regain the trust of public opinion. 72% think the Prime Minister should resign and most Britons consider him a “liar”.
Johnson’s resignation is the culmination of a tumultuous three-year government that started on a high but ended completely weakened. Controversies involving management in the pandemic Covid-19, non-compliance with health rules imposed by his government, internal crises, with the rising cost of living and most recently the appointment of Christopher Pincher – accused of sexual harassment – to a top post, drove the prime minister. to request his resignation. By June, Johnson had already weathered a no-confidence motion imposed by his bench, which he won after being backed by 211 of the 359 Tory MPs, but the no votes made internal discontent visible.
It is not yet known who will replace Johnson and in the meantime he remains in power until a new appointment. Seven people, three women and four men, are among the favourites: Ben Wallace, Defense Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, former Defense Secretary and current Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Rishi Sunak, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt , former minister. of Foreign Affairs and Health, Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary, Sajid Javid, Health Secretary and Priti Patel, Home Secretary.
Overwhelming victory: In July 2019, following the resignation of Theresa May, Johnson led the pro-Brexit campaign and was elected to lead the Conservative Party on 23 July 2019, after winning the dispute with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. A day later, he was appointed prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II and promised a swift exit from the European Union.
Brexit Hero: In December 2019, he won a historic majority for the Conservatives in the House of Commons after calling early parliamentary elections. MPs approve their Brexit deal and on 31 January 2020, three and a half years after the referendum, uk leaves the EU.
The pandemic and intensive care: The Prime Minister announced on March 27 that he tested positive for Covid-19, after suffering mild symptoms. On April 5, Johnson is hospitalized. The next day he is transferred to the ICU, where he stays for three days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the prime minister has been criticized for his management of the crisis, accused for example of being slow to react. Days after leaving the hospital, he denies the alleged statements in which he would be against a third isolation. Boris Johnson is battling a lobbying case involving several members of his government and a controversy over the expensive financing of the renovation of his official residence.
Holiday Gate: In early December, revelations pile up about several illegal parties organized in Downing Street during the lockdowns. Britons denounce double standards, as Johnson had just announced stricter restrictions against Covid. The list of parties is added in the following weeks and investigations are opened on this topic. On April 12, Boris Johnson announced that he had received a fine from the police for breaking the law – something that has never happened to a sitting Prime Minister – for attending a surprise birthday party in June 2020 in Downing Street. His explanations vary, but in Parliament he claims that he has not broken the rules.
Electoral defeat and vote of no confidence: The scandals cause Johnson’s popularity to drop and the Conservatives to lose the May 5 local elections. A month later, Johnson survives a censure vote by Tory MPs on June 6, called by a group of lawmakers angered by the “partygate” scandal. Over 40% of MPs count against the prime minister, proving the extent of the disease.
sexual scandals: Behind the party door, a shameful series of sex scandals began among the Tories, including a suspected rape MP arrested and then released on bail in mid-May, and a former lawmaker sentenced in May to 18 months in prison for attack. a teenager. On 5 July, Boris Johnson apologizes and admits a “mistake” for appointing Chris Pincher in February as head of parliamentary discipline for Tory MPs when he was already aware of the sexual allegations against him.
Resignation as Conservative leader: Tired of scandals, the Ministers of Finance and Health announce their resignations. They are accompanied by an avalanche of government resignations. Deposed by the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson resigns as its leader, although he remains prime minister until his successor is chosen. During a speech, the prime minister, who the day before declared that he would not resign, said that he was “sad to be giving up the best job in the world, but this is the holidays”.
*With information from AFP