Liz Truss resigns, Britain plunges into chaos

Liz Truss resigns, Britain plunges into chaos

Liz Truss resigned on Thursday (20 October) after just 45 days in office to become Britain’s shortest-serving Prime Minister in history.

Ms Truss resigned after being informed on Thursday morning that she had lost the trust of Tory MPs. A parliamentary vote on Wednesday night to allow fracking led to chaotic scenes with ministers beating up MPs at the polling station in support of the government.

His resignation means Britain will become the fifth prime minister since the Brexit referendum in June 2016. The last three – Theresa May, Boris Johnson and now Liz Truss – have all been ousted by their own parties.

During her short tenure, Ms Truss had taken a more constructive approach to EU-UK relations, attending the first European Political Community meeting in Prague and resuming talks with the EU on the dissolution of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

However, its fate was sealed in September by the mini-budget announced by then-Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, which included over £40bn in tax cuts. These proposals sparked a run on UK government bonds and the pound and have since been dropped. Mr. Kwarteng was released last week.

In her resignation statement, Ms Truss said an election for Conservative Party leadership would be held and completed by the end of the week.

Three of the candidates who lost to Ms Truss in the last presidential race – Rishi Sunak, Suella Braverman and Kemi Badenoch – have already indicated their intention to run. To add to the joke, Boris Johnson, who was ousted in July after a series of scandals over his own conduct, has also announced his intention to stand for re-election. Boris Johnson is still the subject of a parliamentary inquiry into whether he broke the law and lied to the UK Parliament during his tenure.

Although the constitution does not mandate a general election after a prime minister resigns, the chaos within the Conservative Party has also increased the chances of an early election. All opposition parties called for elections to be held immediately.

The opposition Labor Party is currently 30 points ahead of the Conservatives in opinion polls.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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