Thursday, May 19

United Kingdom: Boris Johnson pushed towards the exit by his own camp?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is going through arguably the worst political crisis of his tenure. Accused of having been informed, even participated in parties at 10 Downing Street in full confinement, the curator is disavowed by his own camp.

If Boris Johnson denied having taken part in this party in the gardens of his official residence, and this in front of the British parliament, his former adviser Dominic Cummings affirmed on social networks that he had lied to the deputies, and attended during 25 minutes at this reception on May 20, 2020. He claims to have seen it there with his own eyes, and that the Prime Minister had been warned beforehand of this event by two officials.

So who of Boris Johnson or Dominic Cummings is lying? This question torments members of Parliament. Despite numerous calls for resignation, particularly from the Labor opposition, the incumbent Prime Minister has not clearly expressed his intention to step down, but, according to The Guardian, some Conservative MPs believe he would be more inclined to step down than vote for the Conservative Party.

The “Pork Pie Plot”

Several Tories would indeed intend to submit a letter of defiance against Boris Johnson. According to BBC, 20 young deputies would have met this Tuesday, for what the press has already dubbed “the pork pie conspiracy”, a pork pie which is a specialty of the constituency of one of the elected officials, and would have already submitted their letters on Wednesday morning.

It takes a total of 54 for a debate to open on the ousting of the Prime Minister. Tory MPs told the Guardian they believe there will be enough letters to get the debate started. Between vote of no confidence and resignation, some prefer to wait for the results of the internal investigation conducted by senior civil servant Sue Gray to decide.

In the meantime, British MP Christian Wakeford has already announced that he is leaving the Conservative Party to join the Labor opposition. “You and the Conservative Party as a whole have failed to deliver the leadership and government this country deserves,” he told Boris Johnson, minutes before the Prime Minister spoke in Parliament.

For his part, in an attempt to keep or regain the confidence of the Conservatives, Boris Johnson made a series of rather populist political announcements, in particular the freezing of the BBC license fee.

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