Two months after his resignation British prime minister, Boris Johnsonand amid a cost-of-living crisis, the British will find out today who will succeed him, possibly Liz Truss. The result of the vote, in which the approximately 200,000 members of the Conservative Party took part, does not cause much concern, as Secretary of State Liz Truss appears in the polls ahead of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.
The 47-year-old minister, who remained loyal to Johnson until the end when resignations began in his government in early July, is expected to become Britain’s new prime minister, the fourth since the referendum on Brexit in 2016. It will also be the third female prime minister in the history of the country, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
After voting closes on Friday night, the announcement of the winner is scheduled for today at 12:30 (local time, 14:30 Greek time).
The new occupant of Downing Street will take office in an explosive economic and social context: inflation is over 10% and expected to rise, while skyrocketing energy prices threaten families, schools, businesses and hospitals.
Inflation and social unrest
As reported by APE-MPE, economic policy was at the center of the election campaign of the two candidateswho at times seemed unaware of the dramatic worsening of the crisis over the summer.
THE Tras wooed voters by promising massive tax cuts and enacting a very harsh tone towards unions. From the side of Sunaka wealthy former banker, fell out of favor by promoting economic realism away from “fairy tales”, with many in the Conservative party treating him as a technocrat unable to understand the plight of British households.
Yesterday, Sunday, Truss assured the BBC that, if elected prime minister, she would act “from the first week” to help Britons deal with energy costs, but refused to specify exactly what measures she plans to take.
He also underlined that “within a month” he will present an economic reform plan to deal with the crisis.
Although she managed to appeal to the base of the Conservative Party, which has ruled Britain for 12 years, 52% of Britons think she will be a mediocre or even terrible prime minister, according to a YouGov poll.
It is therefore not certain that her vague promises will be enough to quell British anger, with many sectors – from transport workers, doctors, lawyers and others – already taking action or preparing to take action.
“Let’s support the new leader”
And this at a time when essentially there was a power vacuum, with a Prime Minister who had resigned and was refusing to take steps to relieve the British, who was absent from important meetings and took two trips abroad with his family.
Although both candidates stressed they would bring “change” after the scandal-plagued Johnson era, already the former prime minister is missing a section of the Conservative electorate, mainly older, white men.
Johnson did not publicly endorse either candidate and said in a farewell message published in the Sunday Express yesterday that the time had come to “support the new leader with all our hearts”, commenting that both Trass and Sunak were “more than capable” of taking over position.
He also did not rule out returning to politics himself.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Johnson will go to Queen Elizabeth II’s summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, to hand in his resignation. He will be followed by his successor, the 15th prime minister Elizabeth will see during her reign.
The new prime minister will then return to London to deliver a speech outside Number 10 Downing Street and announce the members of his government.
Paris is hoping for a fresh start in its relations with London under Liz Truss
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonnade said today that if her British counterpart Liz Truss is the next leader of the ruling Conservative Party and Britain’s prime minister, one can hope for a new beginning in relations between the two countries.
“I don’t know if Mrs. Truss will be appointed. If she is (the new leader of the party and prime minister of the country), let’s hope it will be a new beginning,” Colonna told RTL radio station.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to be named today as the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party and Britain’s prime minister.
Source: News Beast
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