Yesterday, BORIS JOHNSON was given a devastating blow by his senior ministers when Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned from their positions in his Cabinet. As a result, the Prime Minister's position is now in jeopardy. These two departures unleashed the floodgates, and the total number of resignations has now reached the double-digit mark.
After Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid precipitated a wave of resignations the previous day, the Prime Minister is making a valiant effort this morning to maintain his position of power at Number 10. In the normal course of events, the departure of two senior Cabinet ministers, in particular the presence of the Chancellor among them, would prompt Mr. Johnson to consider his own possible resignation. But now that things have gotten out of hand, other members of parliament are helping to loosen his precarious grasp on Downing Street. A cabinet change won't be able to fix this problem.
Who has stepped down from their position in the government led by Boris Johnson?
The pace of resignations picked up again in full force this morning, after having slowed down somewhat yesterday evening.
A rising number of fresh figures have joined their correspondence to the mountain that is already sitting on Mr. Johnson's desk.
Leading political pundits are of the opinion that the momentum may be sufficient to bring the Prime Minister with them, despite the fact that few of these have come from members of the Cabinet.
Complete and final resignation from Boris Johnson: All twelve members of the government have resigned as the prime minister approaches a "impossible" stage (Image: GETTY)
The Johnson Government has, up to this point, seen resignations from the following members:
Rishi Sunak (Chancellor)
Sajid Javid (Health Secretary)
Will Quince (Minister for Children and Families)
Alex Chalk (Solicitor General)
Bim Afolami (Conservative Party Vice-Chair)
A. Murrison, Andrew (Trade Envoy to Morocco)
It was Theo Clarke (Trade Envoy to Kenya)
Laura Trott (PPS)
It was Gullis Jonathan (PPS)
The name Saqib Bhatti (PPS)
Nicola Richards (PPS)
Virginia Crosbie (PPS)
Within the past day and a half, a total of twelve persons have resigned from the positions that they held.
Those who have been following the development of the issue are of the opinion that further resignations will take place today.
It will be extremely difficult for Mr. Johnson to lead if enough of them, particularly ministerial ones, are left empty.
Among those predicting that the Prime Minister's time in office is coming to an end is Rory Stewart, a former member of Parliament for the Conservative Party who ran for leadership with Mr. Johnson.
After the departure of Mr. Quince, he sent a comment on Twitter, in which he praised the beginning of a decisive stage for the Johnson Government.
He offered his congratulations to the former minister on his decision to step down from his post in the Cabinet and stated that the issue has reached "the level where it will be nearly difficult for Boris Johnson to replace and fill his ministerial seats."
The result of the cabinet rearrangement that these resignations necessitated is the key to understanding Mr. Johnson's predicament.
The office that once belonged to Mr. Sunak at Number 11 has been taken over by Nadhim Zahawi, and Steve Barclay is now in charge of the Department of Health.
Michelle Donelan, who had been serving as Minister for Universities, has just been promoted to the position of Education Secretary, which was previously held by Mr. Zahawi.
The most important change was made by Mr. Barclay, who had been serving as Mr. Johnson's chief of staff before to this reorganization.
According to Ian Dunt, a former editor of Politics.co.uk, transferring a chief of staff from their mandate is typically a warning that something negative is going to happen. Dunt stated that if he were prime minister, he "wouldn't want to be moving my chief of staff around right at this minute."
Sam Cohen, a senior advisor to Mr. Johnson, will take over for Mr. Barclay in his new role.
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