Increasingly isolated, Boris Johnson fights for his political survival

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Boris Johnson was determined this Wednesday to “continue” in his position as British Prime Minister. His authority is more weakened than ever after an avalanche of resignations in 24 hours and a succession of scandals in recent months.

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  • 1:10am: The Attorney General for England and Wales wants to run for leader of the Conservative Party

The Attorney General for England and Wales, Suella Braverman, called on Boris Johnson to resign on Wednesday night, before announcing that she wanted to succeed him as leader of the Conservative Party.

“I think the time has come for the prime minister to resign,” Suella Braverman told Britain’s ITV television channel. She said that she did not want to give up the position to her. “If there is an election for the leadership (of the party), I will present my candidacy,” she said.

“I love this country. It has provided me with incredible opportunities. I owe this country a debt of gratitude, and serving as prime minister would be the greatest of honors, so yes, I will try.”

  • 00:24: about forty departures

On Wednesday night, the number of departures rose to forty, including the Minister responsible for Wales, Simon Hart.

  • 22:49: Boris Johnson fires one of his ministers

Britain’s prime minister sacked his housing minister, Michael Gove, on Wednesday night, an adviser to Boris Johnson announced. “He has sacked Michael Gove,” James Duddridge told Sky News, assuring the prime minister is “in good spirits and will fight.”

The movement occurs as the reports indicate, according to the bbcthat he was among several ministers who urged Boris Johnson to resign.

  • 9:56pm: Boris Johnson still refuses to resign despite calls from ministers to do so

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson persisted on Wednesday night in his refusal to resign despite calls to do so from his own ministers, according to British media.

Surrounded by scandals, Boris Johnson received, at the end of the day, a delegation of his ministers, including, in particular, certain faithful who tried to persuade him to leave office when the situation had become untenable. But he replied that he wanted to stay to dedicate himself “to the very important problems” facing the country.

  • 18:31: The 1922 committee will organize an election of its executive before any change in the rule of the vote of confidence

The Conservative Party’s 1922 committee will hold an election for its executive before deciding whether to change the rules to promote a confidence vote in Boris Johnson, three Conservative lawmakers told Reuters.

This committee, which sets the rules that govern when the party can hold a vote of confidence in its leaders, decided to organize the election of a new executive on Monday. That new executive will then decide whether to change the rules to advance that vote, which currently cannot take place until 2023, lawmakers said.

  • 18:04: a delegation of ministers will ask for the resignation of Boris Johnson

A delegation of British ministers, including several government heavyweights, is preparing to call for Boris Johnson’s resignation. according to various British media.

Asked about it during a hearing before the heads of parliamentary committees, Boris Johnson replied that he was not going to “comment on political events live.” “We will continue with the government of this country,” he said.

  • 17:19: Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid… Who can replace Boris Johnson in case of departure?

Even if Boris Johnson clings to power, his position on Downing Street looks increasingly shaky. Y Several names are circulating to replace him if he were to leave office of the Prime Minister, in particular the resigning ministers Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid.

  • 4:26 pm: Boris Johnson rules out early general election

The British prime minister has ruled out calling an early general election amid calls for his resignation and defections from his government.

“I really don’t think anyone in this country wants politicians to run in elections now,” Boris Johnson told parliamentary committee heads. “I think we need to continue to serve our constituents and address the issues that matter to them.”

  • 15:15: Boris Johnson’s “colossal mandate” gives him a duty to “carry on”

weakened by a cascade of resignations within his governmentHowever, Boris Johnson was combative during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session. He defended his government’s action in front of parliamentarians, some of whom laughed in his face.

Ignoring calls to leave, Boris Johnson, by contrast, claimed that the “colossal mandate” entrusted to him by voters in 2019 gave him a duty to “carry on.”

with AFP

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