London “I want you to know how sad I am, I have to give up the best job in the world but that’s life.” Talk to the British people and try to take pity on them, Boris Johnson. In the early afternoon with these words he announced his resignation as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. The address is delivered to the nation in front of the iconic door of the prime minister’s apartment at 10 Downing Street, where fellow Theresa May did the same just three years ago, albeit in tears, for her inability to deliver Brexit. A bitter rhetoric, Johnson’s speech, without any remorse, some regret and a lot of anger, it was all directed so clearly against the Conservatives sitting in Parliament who in the past 48 hours had ambushed him veritably, offering one after another resignation.
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Why does not Boris Johnson resign immediately? Anniversary party case (already organized). “I can’t leave or jump”
“In the past few days I have tried to convince my colleagues that it would be strange to change governments during the implementation of so many projects, after receiving such broad electoral support and with such a difficult national and international economic situation. I am sorry that I was not successful in these arguments. It is painful not to I am able to see with my own eyes the realization of many of the ideas we had.But as we have already seen in Westminster, the herd instinct is strong and when a herd moves, it moves.
It is the fault of his party, therefore, who “clearly expressed his intent to lead a new leader and a new prime minister”, ignoring, according to Pogo, the will of the millions of voters who voted for him in 2019 and for whom he “fighted” for so long. “I have not fought so hard the past few days just because I wanted to but because I felt it was my duty, my job and an obligation to continue to do what we promised in 2019.” Despite dozens of resignations, one after another, and lobbying by the most loyal ministers, including Priti Patel and Michael Gove, Johnson has said he is determined to stay in office. Until yesterday morning, when the circle around him was tightened with a retreat, at 6.47am, by Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis, followed by other officials for a total of 50 ministers, MPs and under-secretaries.
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At 8.30 BoJo surrendered, announced the decision he had just made to his employee, who, listening to him crying, locked himself in the office to write the speech he was going to deliver to the nation. After a courtesy call to Queen Elizabeth, at 12:30 London time, he left door 10, where dozens of supporters were waiting for him in front of the cameras and his wife Carrie with her daughter Romy in the bag. In his speech, he said he was “very proud”, proud of implementing Brexit, of leading the West against Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, and of leading the country out of the pandemic with the fastest vaccine plan. They made the decision to get out of the lockdown first on the Old Continent.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also welcomed the departure with “sadness” while Vladimir Putin’s spokesman expressed hope that “more professional people will take power in the UK”. Johnson then went to work to fill several vacancies within his team. His intention is in fact to continue to remain in office until his successor is appointed – as Theresa May and David Cameron have done before him, with the difference, however, that they still have a government team – which will happen this fall but his party’s rebels want him to leave immediately.
“Johnson and Carey got married last year with a ritual. Private ceremony due to anti-Covid restrictions,” one Conservative told the tabloids. Johnson’s spokesman quickly denied the rumor, but several MPs are pushing for the position to be assigned to his deputy, Dominic Raab. “For the sake of the country, Johnson should not remain in Downing Street, where he cannot have leadership or confidence in the House of Commons,” wrote John Major, a Tory veteran.
The process of selecting his successor has already begun but will take at least two months to complete. In the first stage of this selection, the candidates who will apply for the job will be eliminated one by one by different votes. When only two are left, they will compete in one final vote. Among the party’s most popular members currently are Ben Wallace, the Secretary of Defense, who has won the confidence of MPs for his role on the side of Ukraine; Secretary of State Liz Truss. Benny Mordaunt, Head of International Trade Department; Former Health Minister Sajid Javid who has said he is ready to run.
Then there is Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister who until a few months ago was the front-runner to replace Johnson, and Dominic Raab, who had already served as prime minister when Johnson was ill with Covid. Finally, there is the new Treasury Secretary Nadim Zahawi – a former education – a Kurdish refugee who arrived in London when he was 6 years old. The road is still long and twists and turns are around the corner.
One thing is for sure: Boris Johnson was elected by 14 million votes in December 2019, and scored a dramatic victory, one of the largest consensus in the history of the Conservative Party, which has not seen similar numbers since 1987. A short-lived victory that, despite its initial success, was It was one of the shortest periods in the history of British politics.
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