Why Did UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and 50+ Government Officials Just Resign?
As you may have heard, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has officially resigned.
To some of you this may have come as a shock. I know that a lot of us here in America, while we keep up with current events as much as we can, are limited in our ability to keep track of everything happening and may not fully understand why this has come about. So let me sum it up for you.
The Boris Johnson administration has been riddled with scandal after scandal. I’ll briefly mention just a few.
First of all, there were a lot of questions as to whether or not he could do the job to begin with. He was once a journalist who was fired for fabricating stories.
He also had an affair at one point while he was a junior minister and then lied about it.
Then, he became the mayor of London, but while in office, he spent taxpayer money on his American mistress to try and further her career.
He tried to put his wife in a government position when he became the prime minister, but that was put to a stop by some staff.
But the real problems really started last year when he tried to change the rules to protect a corrupt official who abused his office by pocketing money in order to lobby for someone else.
It was, however, the scandal known as Partygate that turned the population against Johnson and effectively prevented him from returning to his key legislative agenda post-Brexit.
Still Johnson said he would fight on, dancing around questions he might try to trigger a snap election.
At this point scholars, pundits and lawyers were debating whether there was any codified legal mechanism in Britain’s informal constitution, bound together principally by tradition, that could evict Johnson if he refused to leave Downing Street.
Potentially the Queen herself, as the head of state, would have to breach convention and intervene directly to remove him from government.
On Thursday, Johnson finally caved to pressure and resigned. This comes immediately following the resignations of 59 members of his government within a 48 hour timeframe.