Two Key UK Cabinet Ministers Quit Boris Johnson’s Government

Two United Kingdom cabinet ministers resigned from the government on July 5, saying they no longer have confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid David announced their resignations in letters posted on Twitter within minutes of each other.

“The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently, and seriously. I recognize this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning,” Sunak wrote.

“In preparation for our proposed joint speech on the economy next week, it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different,” Sunak further wrote.

Javid wrote that he could “no longer, in good conscience, continue serving in this government.”

Javid added that the vote of confidence last month was “a moment for humility, grip, and new direction,” but it was “clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership — and you have therefore lost my confidence too.”

The resignations came amid the latest controversy of Johnson appointing Chris Pincher to a government role despite being made aware of sexual harassment allegations.

Minutes before the resignations came, Johnson admitted that appointing Pincher to the role of deputy chief earlier this year was “a mistake.”

Shortly after Sunak and Javid resigned, Tory Vice Chair Bim Afolami announced his resignation on live television.

“I just don’t think the Prime Minister any longer has my support… the support of the party or indeed the country anymore,” Afomali said on TalkTV.

Johnson’s trade envoy to Morocco, Andrew Morrison, and ministerial aides Jonathan Gullis and Saqib Bhatti also announced their resignations.


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