Wallace, Mordaunt and Sunak are the main candidates to succeed him
Britain entered a transitional phase after Boris Johnson announced yesterday his resignation from his position at the head of the ruling Conservative Party, but with him remaining as prime minister until a successor is chosen.
Johnson’s resignation came after dozens of ministers and officials around him broke up; In a rebellion, the government was in danger of paralysis.
Johnson announced that he would remain in office until a successor is chosen. “Today I appointed a caretaker government, and I will continue my work until a new leader is elected,” Johnson said in front of Government House, to the dismay of some veteran critics of his ruling party; Former Prime Minister John Major expressed his opposition to Johnson remaining at the head of the government. “For the good of the country,” Major wrote, “Johnson should not stay in Downing Street… longer than necessary to effect a smooth change of government.” Secretary of State Liz Truss, who stayed on after Johnson’s changes to government positions, called for “calm and unity”.
Commenting on the resignation, Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer said: “It’s good news, (but) we don’t need a change in the leadership of the Conservative Party. We need a real change in government.”
The Conservatives will now have to elect a new leader, a process that could take weeks or months. A quick poll by YouGov showed Defense Secretary Ben Wallace as the preferred choice for Conservative Party members to succeed Johnson, followed by Secretary of State for Commerce Penny Mordaunt, and then former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.