UK crisis erupts, but Boris refuses to resign

british prime minister, Boris JohnsonHe is facing a strong political crisis amid various scandals such as “Party Gate”, in which he was accused of participating in parties during strict isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, or also of covering up lawmaker Chris Pincher, accused of sexual harassment. There are already more than 30 resignations by government officials. Some have questioned whether Johnson can fill those vacancies at a time when the government needs to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and support a slowing economy.

Johnson was dealt a heavy blow when two of his top ministers resigned. The outings began on Tuesday afternoon with the departure of the Minister of Health, Sajid Javed So is the advisor Rishi Sunak. Both announced their resignations in messages posted on Twitter stating that They could not continue to work for a government mired in scandal.

The most pressing controversy facing Johnson is how Downing Street handled the resignation of the rally’s vice chairman last week, Chris Pincher, who resigned from his position last Thursday amid allegations he groped two guests at a private dinner the night before. Although he did not directly admit the allegations, Pincher said in a letter to Johnson, “I drank too much last night” and “embarrassed myself and others.”

Johnson conceded he should have fired Pincher when he was informed of the allegations against him when he was head of foreign affairs in 2019, but instead the prime minister appointed him to other government positions. “I think it was a mistake and I apologize for it,” he said when asked about the case.

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Boris Johnson denied he would resign

Despite his government’s crisis, On Wednesday, Boris confirmed in Parliament that his intention to “continue” at the head of the executive branch. “The task of the prime minister in difficult circumstances, when a huge mandate is received, is to carry on, and that is what I will do,” the conservative prime minister told parliament.

The prime minister responded to questions about whether he would resign with the words: “no no no”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly Question Time debate. Photo: Reuters

In any case, Johnson’s immediate fate may be decided on Wednesday at a meeting of the so-called 1922 Committee that sets the rules for a leadership vote of confidence since the prime minister survived one of those votes just weeks ago. And legally, you can’t undergo a new one for a year. However, this committee can decide to change the rule and immediately enable another vote of confidence. Faced with this possibility, a government spokesman announced that Johnson was confident of winning a confidence vote.

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