Boris Johnson: the real reasons for his resignation
On Thursday, July 7, 2022, Boris Johnson announced his resignation from the leadership of the English Conservative Party. Which means his days as UK Prime Minister are also numbered. How to understand the fall of the statesman?
"It is clearly the will of the Conservative Party that there is a new leader and therefore a new prime minister," Boris Johnson said. On Thursday, July 7, 2022, the head of the English government announced his resignation during a speech delivered outside 10 Downing Street in London.
The cascading departures of nearly 50 members of his team in the days leading up to it heavily influenced this decision. But not only that. For several years, the nickname BoJo has been at the center or tainted by repeated scandals. His state image was greatly affected and many opponents called for his resignation. They ended up getting the best of his determination.
What exactly are those scandals that have had Boris Johnson in the skin?
The "Partygate" controversy
Known for his eccentricity, the British Prime Minister was granted this post on July 23, 2019. But his popularity rating plummeted quickly and he found himself in the midst of controversy. On November 30, 2021, the Daily Mirror tabloid published a shocking article titled: Boris Johnson breaks lockdown rules with parties in Downing Street at Christmas. This article marks the beginning of what has subsequently been called "Partygate". Between 2020 and 2021, when millions of people were forced to stay locked up in their homes to stop the Covid-19 epidemic, the English Prime Minister was partying. Various events were held during this period bringing together some forty people, including a very drunken soirée organized the day before Prince Philip's funeral. After trying to deny it, Boris Johnson issued a public apology in January 2022 for his inappropriate behavior.
Wednesday June 29, 2022, Chris Pincher, Member of the Treasury of the Royal Court, is involved in a sensitive matter. While he was spending a night at a private club in London, he allegedly drank too much alcohol. Result: two men accuse him of harassment. An embarrassing situation that pushes him to resign the next day. However, according to the BBC, Boris Johnson had been made aware of similar complaints filed in 2017 and 2019. This did not prevent him from appointing him to his government. A choice that he said he regretted, once this new scandal was reported in the press.
In addition to sexual controversies and breaches of health regulations, Boris Johnson has seen his authority diminish with the resignation of members of his government. His former adviser, Dominic Cummings, has also compared him to a "grocery cart gone out of control." Criticized for his government choices, but also for his "lack of integrity" and "vision", the British prime minister should be replaced in the coming months.