Several members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government have resigned in the United Kingdom. This time it concerns the Minister for Children and Families Will Quince and the Minister for Schools Robin Walker, both comparable to the position of State Secretary in our country.
An employee of the Ministry of Transport also resigns out of dissatisfaction with the Prime Minister’s policy.
A day after the resignation of two figureheads of Johnson’s government (see below), two more government ministers resign today. Minister for Children and Families Will Quince announced on Twitter that he has submitted his resignation to the prime minister.
On Monday, Quince spoke up for Johnson in the media, but now he says that the briefings he had received from Johnson’s employees about this “was inaccurate”. “I have accepted and repeated it in good faith”, he writes.
Moments later, the Minister of Schools Robin Walker also announced his resignation. “Our party is distracted from its core missions by its continued focus on questions of leadership,” he writes. Both Quince and Walker were Ministers in Johnson’s government, which more or less corresponds to the position of State Secretary in the Belgian government.
Laura Trott also announced today that she is stepping down. She is a Private Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and was appointed to that position by the Minister of Transport. In that sense, she can be regarded as an employee within the government.
“Trust in politics is – and always should be – paramount, but unfortunately it has been lost in recent months,” she argues for her resignation. Trott is one of the rising stars within the party, who came to the surface during the big election victory in 2019.
Today’s two resignations follow those of Health Minister Sajid Javid and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday, two heavyweights in government (referred to as Secretary in the UK). In their letter of resignation, the two strongly criticized Prime Minister Johnson.
“The situation will not change under your leadership and you have lost my confidence as a result,” writes Javid. Sunak writes that his approach is “fundamentally too different” from Johnson’s and that the people “rightly expect governance to be duly, competently and seriously.”
Some other people from the Conservative Party also announced their departure yesterday. According to the British public broadcaster BBC, 13 people have already resigned from the majority since last night.
Later today, the weekly question time will take place in parliament. A parliamentary committee is also planned in the afternoon. Prime Minister Johnson is expected to be questioned during both sessions.