Johnson’s ministers redouble the pressure for him to leave power due to his “discredit”

Boris Johnson answers questions in the House of Commons. / AFP

Members of his Cabinet and party deputies tried this Wednesday night to convince him of the futility of entrenching

Conservative ministers finally lost confidence in Boris Johnson and called for the resignation of the head of the UK government, who was still resisting last night in his official Downing Street residence. Sajid Javid, who resigned the day before to continue as head of the Department of Health, issued the “enough is enough” signal in a devastating speech in Parliament in Westminster. The majority of conservatives supported the revolt, which gave way to various maneuvers to bring down their leader and chief executive.

Johnson lost support minute by minute since Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid handed over the Economy and Health portfolios the previous day, respectively. Twenty-four hours later, about 40 resignations from government posts were recorded, with at least three ministries without staff at the Secretary of State level. The British attorney general, Suella Braverman, also demanded the departure of the president and offered to succeed him. At the same time, a majority of deputies finally withdrew confidence in the ‘premier’ after nearly a week of lies and misinformation about Johnson’s relationship with his political ally and alleged sexual predator, Chris Pincher.

Nadhim Zahawi, the Iraqi Kurd called to replace Johnson

Even so, Downing Street sources told the British media last night that Johnson is not willing to give up and “wants to continue fighting.” And in a surprising rudder, revealed by the BBC, the prime minister fired Michael Gove from the Cabinet, responsible until yesterday for the regional economic leveling strategy, among other ministerial portfolios, and his lieutenant in the Brexit referendum campaign, in 2016.

Thatcher, in memory

Earlier, a delegation of cabinet members descended on Downing Street in a coordinated effort to persuade the president to jump ship. The scene brought to mind the last hours of Margaret Thatcher at the head of the Government, almost 32 years ago. The ‘Iron Lady’ decided to face the ministers one by one, convinced that she would thus ensure her support in the battle against her leadership, but the strategy backfired. The prime minister who gave three electoral victories to the Conservative Party, between 1979 and 1987, left the famous London residence in tears on November 28, 1990.

‘The Telegraph’, the newspaper where Johnson worked before entering the Government, yesterday reproduced an old edition of the tabloid ‘Daily Express’ in tribute to the Thatcher decade. “What have you done?” questions the cover of the historic issue, which was shared by the Prime Minister’s supporters, according to the conservative daily’s political correspondent, Ben Riley-Smith. The Tory president apparently adopted the strategy of his predecessor and attended to his ministers individually, fighting until the last moment with the ministerial team that went to Downing Street demanding his resignation.

At the close of this edition, he was resisting in his position. “I will continue with my work. I have a responsibility to comply with the 2019 manifesto, even if there are many people who want to try to bring me down, “he defiantly told the House of Commons mixed committee, which questioned him for two hours in a session that usually marks the end of each semester. parliamentary. “With the economic pressure that the country is suffering, with Europe at war, this is not the time to retire, but to continue working,” he reiterated.

early elections

The chairman of the committee, Conservative Bernard Jenkin, extracted from the prime minister the apparent promise that he would dissolve Parliament and call early elections if his caucus withdrew its support. “It will not happen, unless people ignore the principle that history teaches us that respecting the electoral mandate is the best way to maintain political stability,” he launched.

The prime minister faces a defining moment in his three years as Conservative leader and head of the British government. He won a motion of no confidence last month, with 59% of the vote, and is in principle safe from a similar action until June 2023. But the influential parliamentary group is preparing to change the internal rules in the coming hours or weeks and He intends to force a second vote of confidence before the summer holidays, which begin on July 21. He needs the backing of 52 Tory MPs to launch the no-confidence motion, and that mark has already been passed.

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