If Boris Johnson is elected new prime minister on Tuesday, David Gauke and Philip Hammond will resign.
In the race for the succession of British Prime Minister Theresa May, the favourite Boris Johnson will face a sharp headwind on the home straight. Finance Minister Philip Hammond and Justice Minister David Gauke announced their resignation in the event that the former Foreign Minister and Brexit-Hardliner takes office as head of government. Kenneth Clarke, President of the House of Commons, warned of the threat of a treaty-less EU resignation at the end of October. In London, Johnson opponents demonstrated against his Brexit policy.
If, as expected, Johnson wins the party-internal duel against the incumbent Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt for the succession of outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, he will submit his resignation to May, Finance Minister Hammond told the BBC. He could never support Johnson’s announcement to lead the UK without a treaty of resignation, Hammond said.
Justice Minister Gauke: Harter Brexit would be “humiliation
Minister of Justice Gauke also wants to resign if Johnson succeeds. Gauke told the Sunday Times that the tough Brexit that Johnson was considering would be a “humiliation” for his country.
Tory politician Clarke sees Johnson as a no-deal brexit. “It’s becoming increasingly likely that Britain will actually leave the EU on 31 October without an agreement,” the House of Commons’ old age president told Sunday’s Tagesspiegel. He referred to announcements made by the former Foreign Minister during the party’s internal election campaign. Many of Johnson’s statements are “so rash that there is a danger that he will find himself in the no deal trap”.
Johnson says he is prepared to lead the UK until 31 October without a treaty of resignation if Brussels does not make any concessions.
Six Tories want to switch to Liberal Democrats
Against this backdrop, according to a report in the Sunday Times, a total of six pro-European members of parliament from the Tories announced that they would switch to the Europe-friendly Liberal Democrats in the event of Johnson’s victory. This means that possible Prime Minister Johnson would no longer have his own majority in the House of Commons.
In the British capital, Johnson opponents took to the streets on Saturday. During the demonstration under the motto “No to Boris, Yes to Europe” the participants also let a huge Johnson balloon rise, similar to the state visit of US President Donald Trump in June. At that time, a huge Trump baby hovered above the crowd.
Trump stands behind Johnson
Meanwhile, Trump stood behind Johnson again. The US president said he spoke to Johnson on Thursday. “He will do a great job,” Trump said on Friday. “He’s a weird guy, but they also say I’m a weird guy. We get along well together. I think we’ll have a very good relationship.”
Until Monday at 17:00 (local time, 18:00 CEST) the 160,000 Tory members can still cast their votes. The result will be announced on Tuesday. On Wednesday, outgoing Prime Minister May will face the questions of MPs in the House of Commons one last time before handing over her resignation to British Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The Queen will then appoint the winner of the Tory primaries and the new Conservative party leader to form the government.
May, who has ruled since 2016, announced that after her resignation she will continue to be a member of parliament for her southern English constituency Maidenhead. She told the Daily Express that she would “do everything in her power” to ensure that the UK continues to have a conservative government in the future. But the 62-year-old wants to take a “time-out” first and go on holiday. (AFP)