UK crisis: Health and finance ministers resign amid rising tensions with Boris Johnson

Two Boris Johnson ministers resign over loss of faith in UK prime minister (REUTERS/John Sibley)

Boris Johnson facing a new political crisis following the resignation of the Minister of Health and the Economy, following the latest scandal to rock the UK Government over a sexual harassment complaint by one of its ministers.

The head of the Ministry of Economy, Rishi Sunak, resigned on Tuesday, citing the prime minister’s failure to meet the standards of conduct and competence required for the position. His resignation came just after his colleague from the Ministry of Health, Sajid Javid, admitted he had lost “trust” in the head of state.

Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak resign from their respective positions as Ministers of Health and Economy
Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak resign from their respective positions as Ministers of Health and Economy

“People should expect the government to be carried out well, competently and seriously,” which is currently not the case, said Sunak in his resignation letter.

The official claims to have been “loyal” and has supported the conservative leader publicly, even when he disagrees with him “privately”, and that he is trying to support the prime minister’s priorities with economic funds. However, he criticized that the president was unwilling to make “difficult decisions” in the economy and that it had led them to disagree with their approach, to the extent that the so-called Chancellor of the Treasury had chosen to resign.

Javid, for his part, admits that he cannot, “in good conscience, continue to serve in this government.” “I am a team person with instinct but British citizens rightly expect integrity in government”he pointed.

The outgoing Minister of Health confirms that the problems the Conservative Party is experiencing “wouldn’t be resolved under” Johnson, so he “lost faith in him”.

The resignation came as Johnson apologized for what he said was a mistake for not realizing it Chris Pincher he was unfit for government office after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.

“Come to think of it, it was a mistake. I apologize to everyone who was affected.”The British president told the media.

Distrust grows in the UK government over Prime Minister Boris Johnson (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS)
Distrust grows in the UK government over Prime Minister Boris Johnson (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS)

Johnson has been under pressure to explain what he knows about earlier allegations of misconduct by lawmaker Chris Pincher since Thursday, when Pincher stepped down as deputy chief amid complaints he groped two men at a private club.

The government’s explanations have changed repeatedly over the past five days, with ministers initially saying Johnson was unaware of the sexual misconduct allegations earlier in February when he promoted Pincher to the post of deputy chief. For Monday, a spokesman said Johnson was aware of the allegations that “either resolved or did not develop into a formal complaint.”.

That doesn’t sit well with Simon McDonald, the most senior official at the State Department from 2015 to 2020. In a highly unusual move, he said Tuesday that the prime minister’s office was still not telling the truth. It Time London publishes an analysis of the situation on Tuesday under the headlines “False claims put Boris Johnson in jeopardy.”

The scandal comes a month after Johnson survived a no-confidence vote in which more than 40% of Conservative Party lawmakers voted to remove him from office. Concerns about Johnson’s leadership were fueled by the prime minister’s shifting response to months of accusations of locked parties in government offices that ultimately resulted in 126 fines, including one imposed on Johnson.

Given this context, the departures of these two key ministers undermine Johnson’s position, which is beset by scandals, and mean, if there are more departures, the government could even fall.

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