The Cabinet for a long time supported the Prime Minister of Great Britain despite allegations. This is the end. Two ministers resign because of Boris Johnson.
Great Britain falls into a government crisis. Faced with harsh criticism from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid have resigned.
Javid wrote in his resignation letter that he had lost confidence in the head of government. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Conservative Party is not perceived by the public as being values driven, nor does it serve national interests. Even after Johnson recently won an internal no-confidence vote, the prime minister did not initiate a course change. “It is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership,” wrote Javid.
Emphasis on Johnson’s mounts
Finance Minister Sunak emphasized that he had always been loyal to Johnson. “But the public rightly expects the government to act properly, competently and seriously.” The broadcaster of Sky News cited an anonymous member of the government who was almost impossible for Johnson to retain in his position.
Pressure on the prime minister has increased significantly recently due to the sexual harassment scandal by a leading Tory member. The prime minister apologized in the evening and said that the appointment of Chris Pincher to the so-called the vice-whip was a mistake. But he wasn’t lying about the case, Johnson stressed on the BBC. The whips – literally whips in German – are meant to ensure the discipline of the factions. A spokesman for Johnson previously admitted that the prime minister was made aware of allegations against his Conservative fellow Chris Pincher in 2019. So far it has been said that Johnson was unaware of any specific allegations.
Johnson on Wednesday in parliament
Johnson’s speech to the parliamentary committee is scheduled for Wednesday (4pm CEST). The traditional hearing before the so-called House of Commons Liaison Committee is one of the highlights of the year in the British Parliament. In no other case does the head of government have so few options to avoid uncomfortable questions. The event is therefore also referred to as “grilling”.
With an internal vote of no confidence, Johnson wanted to abandon the Partygate scandal over the illegal closure celebrations in Downing Street. The prime minister personally had to pay a fine for participating in one of the parties. Contrary to the expectations of party critics, he remained in office. (dpa)