Tory grandees, Scotland’s Sturgeon is pushing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to leave now

  • Former Tory leader John Major said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should step down immediately.
  • Major said Britain could not afford a lengthy competition to replace Johnson.
  • Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative leader and surrendered to a cabinet uprising.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson should step down immediately as Britain cannot afford a lengthy conservative competition to replace him, former Tory leader John Major said on Thursday.

Major, prime minister from 1990 to 1997, reiterated opposition parties, including Labor, who said they wanted a no-confidence vote in parliament instead of letting Johnson stay for several months.

Surrendering to a cabinet uprising, the scandal-ridden Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative leader, saying the schedule for electing a successor to replace him as prime minister would be set next week.

It is expected to take months for the new party leader and prime minister to be installed in time for the Conservatives’ annual conference in early October.

Major wrote to the “1922 Committee” of Tory MPs directing the competition, saying the timeline would be “unwise and may be unsustainable”.

He said:

In such a circumstance, the Prime Minister retains the power of protection and, even greater concern, the power to make decisions that will affect the lives of those in all four nations of the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Some will argue that his new cabinet will hold him back. I just notice that his previous cabinet did not – or could not – do that.”

Major said Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab could be acting leader until Johnson’s successor is found.

Or Tory MPs could shorten the process by electing the new leader instead of sending the two top candidates appearing in by-elections to grassroots members.

George Freeman, who resigned as science minister earlier Thursday, agreed that Johnson should not be stuck.


He should “hand over the stamp of office, apologize to Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II), allow her to appoint a caretaker under whom ministers can serve, so that the Conservative Party can elect a new leader properly,” Freeman said.

A majority of Britons, or 56 per cent, also want an interim prime minister while a successor is elected, polls YouGov said.

The figure includes 37 percent of people who voted conservatively in the most recent parliamentary election in 2019, it added.

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has struggled with Johnson to get him to allow another vote on independence, said it was “unsustainable” to let him stay.

“He wants to do things and in the process it will undoubtedly create more chaos than he already has,” the leader of the Scottish National Party told the BBC.

“The interests of people from all parts of Britain must certainly be to bring this farce to an end without further delay.”

But Theresa May, who was thrown out of Downing Street by Johnson’s allies in 2019, ruled out a temporary premiere.

Any new leader should look to unite after the violent divisions of Johnson’s tenure, she added in a speech as he announced his resignation.

“I’m worried when I look at some other countries and the polarization of politics in the United States, for example,” May said.

“I think we need to make sure we avoid going down the very polarized path of politics and society.”

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Tory grandees, Scotland’s Sturgeon is pushing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to leave now

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