Boris Johnson: resignation of senior ministers leaves UK prime minister’s future in doubt

A series of bombshell resignations by senior British ministers could mean Boris Johnson’s days as UK Prime Minister are numbered.

Boris Johnson’s days as UK Prime Minister could come to an end with the resignation of two of his most powerful ministers. It could be the beginning of the collapse of the entire Conservative government.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Health resigned their respective positions.

Their resignation comes just weeks after Johnson won a vote of no confidence in Conservative Party MPs following the multi-party scandal in Downing Street while the rest of the country was on lockdown.

But more than 100 MPs voted against their own leader.

The latest drama to hit the embattled prime minister was the revelation that he was promoting one of his MPs, Chris Pincher, to a plump government role, despite knowing there were allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Mr Johnson said on Tuesday he made a “big mistake” in appointing the MP to the role. Pincher denies the allegations.

On Tuesday afternoon, UK time, Health Minister Sajid Javid resigned. In a letter to Mr Johnson, he said the Prime Minister had lost confidence and that the British people were questioning the government’s ability.

“We [the Conservative party] may not have always been popular, but we have been skilled at acting in the national interest.

“Unfortunately, in the current circumstances, the public is concluding that we are not now either.

“Last month’s vote of confidence showed that many of our colleagues agree.

“However, I am sorry to say that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership and that is why you have lost my confidence as well,” said Mr Javid.

Minutes later, Finance Minister (Finance Minister) Rishi Sunk also stepped down from his ministerial role.

He said Britain faced “huge challenges” and that he and the prime minister were in disagreement.

“Our people know that if something is too good to be true, it isn’t true. They should know that while there is a path to a better future, it is not an easy one,” said Mr Sunak.

“In preparation for our proposed joint speech on the economy next week, it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different.

“I am sorry to leave the government, but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot go on like this.”

Senior Labor MP Chris Bryant simply tweeted: “It’s over. Thank God for that. Amen and Hallelujah”.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Tory MPs to dump Johnson now.

More to come …

Originally published as Boris Johnson’s future in doubt after senior ministers step down

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