British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not considering resigning. He has recently been criticized for his performance, also from within his party. A large number of ministers and members of government have lost confidence in him and have resigned.
During the weekly question hour on Wednesday, the prime minister was bombarded with critical questions. But according to Johnson, it’s his “job to carry on”.
The resigned Health Minister Sajid Javid issued a statement in the House of Commons describing the government’s fundamental integrity problem. According to Javid, that problem is at the top.
He no longer wants to give Johnson the benefit of the doubt and therefore resigned. He also sent a message to the ministers who are still sitting: “Doing nothing is also an active decision.” Johnson said he would only consider leaving if he felt the government could not proceed with him, but that is not the case.
During question time, the prime minister was bombarded with questions from the opposition and his own party members about the latest riot surrounding the appointment of Chris Pincher. He had to resign last week after he was accused of groping two men.
Many ministers resigned
Johnson denied that he was aware of a previous complaint against Pincher, but it was revealed on Tuesday that he did know about it. According to a spokesperson, he did not “remember immediately”.
Javid resigned on Tuesday, along with his finance colleague Rishi Sunak. On Wednesday, several more ministers and a significant number of government officials were added. In addition, several Conservative MPs have sent a letter to the party board to withdraw their confidence in Johnson.
A total of 27 ministers have already resigned their duties. That is more than a fifth of the 120 people who work for the government.
They hope the party will change the rules to allow for a new confidence vote. Just a month ago, Johnson survived the vote within his own party with 59 percent of the vote.
Wednesday evening may already be a confidence vote
A new confidence vote may already be held on Wednesday evening. The Conservative Party committee that deals with the matter is expected to meet on Wednesday afternoon.
Because Johnson survived a confidence vote exactly one month ago, according to the rules, no new ballot can be called. That is only possible a year after the previous attempt. According to British media, the committee would now consider adjusting the rules to make that possible.
A Johnson spokesman has already indicated that the prime minister is militant and expects to survive future confidence votes as well.