Dhe British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is losing more and more support in its own ranks. Early on Wednesday afternoon, five state secretaries resigned at once, led by Equal Opportunities Commissioner Kemi Badenoch. It is becoming increasingly clear that the government is no longer functioning, they wrote. All are seen as young, up-and-coming political talents.
Shortly thereafter, another Secretary of State followed, Mims Davies. So far, 28 officials from Johnson’s Conservative Party have resigned because of the Prime Minister’s behavior, as reported by Sky News.
Among those who resigned were Deputy Attorney General for England and Wales, Alex Chalk, and several Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS), who are seen as the “eyes and ears” of the heads of parliament. The government crisis was triggered on Tuesday evening with the resignations of Health Minister Sajid Javid and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. So far, however, all other department heads are still in office.
Javid indirectly calls for Johnson’s fall
After resigning as Minister of Health, Javid indirectly called on his former cabinet colleagues to overthrow Johnson in the afternoon. “Doing nothing is an active choice,” Javid said in the House of Commons in London. “Those of us who are in a position to do so have a responsibility to change something.” Something is fundamentally wrong. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the problem is at the top and that’s not going to change,” Javid said, without naming Johnson.
Javid would have resigned from his post on Tuesday evening, triggering numerous further resignations of conservative officials. “The team is always as good as its captain,” he said now. For a long time he believed Johnson’s assurances that all the rules at Downing Street had been observed. “There comes a point when enough is enough. I think that point has now been reached.”
Johnson wants to continue
Earlier, Johnson admitted that he had hoisted a fellow party member into an important parliamentary group office despite being aware of allegations of sexual harassment against the man. However, Johnson announced in Parliament that he would continue his work despite the sharp internal criticism.
Johnson wants to continue his government work despite the recent resignations of several ministers and secretaries of state. In times of crisis, a government should not resign, he said in the question and answer session in the House of Commons. “We have a plan and are pushing it forward.” His job is to keep going.
Asked by MPs under what circumstances he would step down, the Conservative politician said if he felt the government could not go ahead. After Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid, the Minister responsible for the financial sector, John Glen, had already made his post available.