Liz Truss Has Resigned as UK Prime Minister—Who Will Replace Her?
Britain’s Era of Brexit Reaches Its Apex
After less than two months as the Prime Minister of the UK, Liz Truss has resigned. At 44 days, her tenure was the shortest period ever in 10 Downing Street. She said she realized she wouldn’t be able to deliver on the mandate given to her and has decided to step down after conversations with Graham Brady of the 1922 Committee.
Truss will remain the Prime Minister until her successor is chosen. During her tenure, she oversaw a calamitous mini-budget that led to the job loss for Truss’s first Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng. The budget had offered tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the UK but didn’t offer much help to people on low incomes or the most vulnerable.
After the resignation of Truss, people are speculating that Boris Johnson could return to Downing Street. Sir James Duddridge, who worked as Johnson’s parliamentary private secretary (PPS), fuelled these rumours by writing on Twitter, “Hope you enjoyed your extended holiday. It is time to come back, Boris.”
However, Conservative MP Sir Robert Syms said that the idea of Boris running for the Tory leadership was “a fantasy” and tweeted, “The number for nomination will be lifted to limit runners, and there will be massive pressure on the second candidate in MPs ballot to drop out.”
Also, deputy leader of the Lib Dems Daisy Cooper has urged Tory MPs to ensure Boris doesn’t return to the PM’s office. She stated, “The fact that Conservative MPs are even considering putting Boris Johnson back in Number 10 shows how out of touch they really are. They think there’s one rule for them and another for everyone else.”
She added, “Boris Johnson was forced to resign in disgrace after countless lies, scandals, and failures. He shattered public trust in the government and plunged the UK into a political crisis. He must never be allowed near Downing Street again.”
In another bizarre development after Truss’s resignation, Piers Morgan joked that he might run for prime minister. He even tweeted his intent regarding the same. People are hoping it was a joke and he will not replace Truss.
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