The resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is going around the world. Cornered by the barrage of resignations in his Executive, Johnson announced his resignation this Thursday, a decision celebrated by the British opposition: “It should have happened a long time ago,” said Labor Keir Starmer, who in turn has threatened to file a motion of censure if he stays in office until the fall. The news has reached the Kremlin, which has stressed that, just as the British leader “does not like Russia”, “he does not like Moscow either”.
In the last two days, more than 50 conservatives have submitted their letters of resignationincluding several ministers who allege that have lost confidence at Johnson. The reason, the sex scandal around a Downing Street official after months of tension over the ‘partygate’, the parties held in Downing Street in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first to speak out were Labor. Starmer has called it “good news” for the country, though “it should have happened a long time ago.” And he has considered that the United Kingdom “does not need to change the ‘tory’ in power”, but a “complete change of government”. “Johnson has always been unsuitable for the job. He has been responsible for lies, scandals and fraud on an industrial scale. And all those who have been complicit should be totally ashamed, “said the leader in a note posted on his Twitter account.
The Labor leader has even threatened to present a motion of censure in the coming days, in the event that Johnson remains in office until the ‘tory’ congress in October. “If they don’t get rid of him, then Labor will defend the national interest and give a vote of no confidence because we can’t continue with this PM. holding on for months and months“, has announced.
While waiting to elect the new conservative leader, a process that will take several weeks, Johnson has begun the appointment of the ministers that make up the new interim Executive, so that there is no power vacuum in the UK. ‘Tory’ politicians such as the attorney general Suella Braverman or the deputy Steve Baker have already publicly nominated themselves as candidates, while other government heavyweights have been sounding like possible candidates for months.
Other leaders call for general elections
Scotland’s Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has also been very critical, stressing that, despite the “relief” that the resignation entails, “the democratic deficit inherent in Westminster it is not solved with a change of prime minister“.”It is a figure of absolute disrepute. Anyone who tries to sabotage our peace agreements, a quarter-century of progress and our shared future is really no friend of ours,” said Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland.
And from Wales, the chief minister, Mark Drakeford, has declared himself “delighted” that the “premier” has made “the right decision” to leave the Executive, while asking a general election to replace him.
“All four nations need a stable UK Government and I am therefore pleased to see the Prime Minister has now done the right thing and agreed to resign.“
— Mark Drakeford (@PrifWeinidog) July 7, 2022
While some voices from his own party have said that Johnson has made “the right decision”. “We need calm and unity now and continue governing while a new leader is found,” said the Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, who belongs to the considered “hard wing” of the conservatives. Precisely her name has been sounding for some time as one of the possible favorite candidates of the bases ‘ Tories’ for an eventual replacement of power.
Kremlin says Russia doesn’t like Johnson
The reactions go beyond the British Isles. In the absence of other international pronouncements, from the Kremlin they have assured this Thursday that the reports that Johnson would shortly resign as prime minister he cared little. “He (Johnson) doesn’t like us, we don’t like him either,” said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, later declaring that he hopes that “one day” the British government will receive politicians who understand “the convenience of solving the problems through dialogue.
For his part, from Ukraine, the presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, thanked Johnson for his leadership in “assuming responsibility in the most difficult moments” and “being the first to arrive in kyiv, despite the missile attacks”. “Thank you for noticing the monster threat from Russia and always be at the forefront to support Ukraine“He has expressed through a message on his Twitter account.
“To be a leader – to call ���� evil an evil and to take responsibility in the hardest times. To be a leader – to be the first to arrive in Kyiv, despite missile attacks. thanks @BorisJohnson for realizing the threat of RF monster and always being at the forefront of supporting ����. pic.twitter.com/vIuXVjUbzG“
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) July 7, 2022
Johnson has been in charge of the Conservative Party for almost three years, after the departure of Theresa May. If his resignation is formalized, he would be one of the shortest stays in Downing Street since 1900. In this time, the prime minister has managed to unblock the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union, known as ‘Brexit’, but he also had to face the coronavirus pandemic and the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine.